Women warned of bag snatchers
Police are urging women to be cautious after a series of bag snatches near a busy shopping centre.
Senior Sergeant Peter Florence says there had been three bag snatching incidents around the Mt Eden shops since late December.
The victims were all middle-aged to elderly Asian women.
In one incident the woman fell to the ground and received minor injuries, he says.
‘‘The snatchers are reasonably forceful,’’ Mr Florence says.
Police will be keeping a closer eye on the area but people can help protect themselves by being cautious, he says.
‘‘Be aware of your surroundings if you’re going shopping or you’ve just been to an ATM or the bank.
‘‘Don’t be obvious,’’ he says.