Police today warned women shoppers to keep purses secure after a series of thefts in Bury St Edmunds.
Suffolk Police said there were three ‘purse dipping’ incidents in the town on Wednesday’s market day in the Buttermarket, area between 10am and 11.30am.
Three women in their 60s, 80s and 90s have reported having their purses stolen from their handbags. Two incidents happened in the street, the other in a shop.
Police advised shoppers to:
1: Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times, with the opening towards your body if possible
2: Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till
3: Try not to overload yourself with bags and coats
4: Avoid carrying your wallet or purse in a back trouser pocket
5: Keep cash secure and out of sight
6: When you put money away, don’t let people see where you put it – especially when using a cash machine
7: Do not leave your handbag, pushchair or shopping trolley unattended
8: Never leave your handbag on the boot or roof of your car while packing shopping in the boot
9: Purse alarms, which alert you to your purse being stolen, can be bought from your local police station
Anyone with information about purse thefts is asked to contact PC Paul Fox at Bury St Edmunds Police on 101 quoting BU/14/1586 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.