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Purse theft prompts warning urging shoppers to be on their guard

Posted on 27th August 2013

Shoppers are being reminded to be vigilant when out and about after a woman had her purse stolen in a supermarket.

The victim was shopping in Morrisons, in Bakewell Road, Buxton, when she noticed her purse had been removed from her bag.

It contained a quantity of cash and was removed from a closed zip pocket on the owner’s handbag, which was on her shopping trolley.

The offence took place between 11.15am and 11.45am on Thursday, August 22.

It has prompted police to warn shoppers to be on their guard and to make sure they do not leave their bags, purses or other valuables unattended.

Officers will also be visiting supermarkets in Buxton over the next few weeks to give crime prevention advice to shoppers and will be putting up posters with safety messages.

PCSO Ally Ratcliffe, from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It only takes a second for a thief to steal a purse but if you are on your guard, they won’t have the opportunity.

“There are a few really simple security steps you can take to make it harder for thieves to steal your items.

“We will be out in supermarkets to make people aware of what they can do to protect themselves from becoming victims of crime.”

Crime prevention advice includes buying a purse chain, which clips your purse to a handbag, or a bell to attach to your belongings so you will be alerted if anyone tries to take them.

Valuables such as mobile phones can also be registered for free on the secure online database This allows police to quickly reunite people with their stolen belongings if they are recovered.

Witnesses or anyone with information relating to the theft of the purse should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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