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Shoppers urged to be on their guard following purse theft in Chesterfield

Posted on 21st November 2014

Chesterfield shoppers are reminded to be vigilant when out and about after a woman had her purse stolen in a local supermarket.

The 87-year-old victim was shopping in Morrisons on Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, when she noticed that her purse had been stolen from her handbag. The purse contained a quantity of cash, bank cards and identity cards.

The offence took place at around 2pm on Friday, November 14.

Officers from the Chesterfield South Safer Neighbourhood Team are encouraging residents to be on their guard when out shopping, especially in the run up to Christmas.

Shoppers are being urged to not leave their bags, purses or other valuables unattended and to consider using a purse chain or purse bell to help deter theft. These can be picked up from your local police station.

Police are asking people to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police or shop staff straight away to help prevent a crime.

Advice to shoppers includes: 

  • Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times, if possible with the opening towards your body;
  • Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till;
  • Avoid carrying your purse or wallet in a back trouser pocket;  
  • Keep cash secure and out of sight;  
  • Do not leave your handbag; push chair or shopping trolley unattended;
  • Always make sure that no one is looking over your shoulder before entering your PIN at the cash machine, make sure your money is put away before leaving the machine and ensure your purse is out of reach;
  • Do not write down your PIN and keep it in your wallet, purse or handbag. If you cannot remember your PIN, you can change it at your bank to a number which is easier to remember.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call PCSO Scott Wilson on 101, quoting crime number 48297/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For further crime prevention advice or to speak to your local policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.