Police warning after purse snatches in Lowestoft

LOWESTOFT police are urging shoppers to be vigilant following two reports of purse thefts at shops in the main town centre.

Both incidents happened in London Road North on Wednesday (November 9), with the victims reporting having someone bump into them and shortly afterwards they realised their purse or wallet was missing.

The first incident happened between 10.50am and 11.50am with the second later that afternoon between 4.30pm and 5pm.

Police offered the following advice to shoppers to help them keep their belongings safe:

• Always keep your bag on your person and the top secured with a zip. 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.

• 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.

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• 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.

A police spokesman added: 'If you have any information about these thefts please contact Lowestoft police on 101.'

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