In Church Street Saxmundham at around 10.30am this morning Wednesday 23rd June a quantity of cash was stolen after an offender removed a purse from a shoppers handbag. The purse was recovered nearby.
Police are urging shoppers to be vigilant and offer the following advice:
· Always keep your bag on your person and the top secured with a zip. Opportunist thieves will find it much harder to get into your bag if it s done up. Wear a shoulder bag across the front of your body. Never leave your bag unattended on a trolley or pushchair, or on the floor as you look at items in shops or are seated.
· Don t carry around large sums of money or valuables. Don t keep your PIN with your bank cards – if a thief takes this they will be able to access your bank account before you can cancel your cards.
· Use a purse bell, which will ring and alert you and others if someone tries to remove your purse from your bag. These are available from your local police station or Safer Neighbourhood Team.
· If someone asks for your help in a shop, only give it if you are happy to. If you do help someone, keep hold of your bag at all times. If someone pushes or bumps into you check your bag immediately.
· If you find your purse or bag has been stolen, call police and cancel bank cards and mobile phones. A call to police as soon as the theft has been discovered may enable CCTV operators to scan the area for the offender.
If you have any information relating to this incident please contact Leiston police on 01986 835300 reference LE/10/760
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Police Direct Team