Distraction theft where elderly woman was targeted in Diss prompts police warning

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South Norfolk residents are being urged to be vigilant by police following a distraction theft which targeted an elderly woman in a Diss supermarket.

The incident happened on Thursday, November 19.

As the victim got her purse from her bag, a female stated she had dropped something on the floor.

The victim then looked for the item dropped and the suspect has walked off.

Sometime later, the victim discovered bank cards missing from her purse and a phone call to the bank revealed £900 had been withdrawn from her account.

Members of the public are reminded to be vigilant if they notice any suspicious activity inside shops, banks, at ATMs or card payment devices and should alert staff and police as soon as possible.

Police have offered the following advice:

• Be aware of who is around you and make sure people stay a good distance away from you.

• Don’t let anyone distract you while you are using the cash machine or making a card payment. Cancel the transaction if you are worried.

• Use your hand, purse, wallet or other object to cover the keypad when entering your PIN.

• Store your money and cards away quickly.

• Check your statements regularly to ensure that there is no fraudulent usage.

• It is always good practise to keep your purse or wallet out of sight in a zipped bag, preferably across your body. Always check your bag immediately if someone deliberately bumps into you.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the above incident or has any information regarding it. They are asked to contact Inspector Mike Austin at Diss Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.