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Police warn shoppers to be vigilant after purse thefts in supermarkets

Norfolk Police are urging shoppers to be vigilant following a number of purse thefts in recent weeks.

It after incidents since February 20 where victims have had their purse stolen whilst shopping in supermarkets in Diss, North Walsham, Cromer and Swaffham.

To guard against purse thieves, shoppers are reminded to:

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.

Try not to overload yourself with bags and coats.

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 for any length of time.

Do not write down your PIN and keep it in your wallet/ purse/ handbag. If you cannot remember your PIN, you can change it at your bank to a number which is easier to remember.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who has witnessed suspicious activity/persons in relation to these incidents.

Anyone with information should call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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