SHOP­PERS URGED TO BE AWARE OF HAND­BAG THIEVES

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

PO­LICE are ask­ing shop­pers to be vig­i­lant fol­low­ing a re­cent se­ries of hand­bag thefts in Rock­ing­ham and Man­durah shop­ping cen­tres. Of­fend­ers are us­ing dis­trac­tion tech­niques to steal purses and hand­bags, usu­ally by bump­ing or brush­ing past their vic­tim. Of­fend­ers of­ten work in pairs, with one dis­tract­ing the vic­tim by drop­ping items on to the floor and, when the vic­tim stops to help, the other of­fender re­moves be­long­ings from the vic­tim’s bag. Keep a close-eye on hand­bags, do not leave them unat­tended in the trol­ley and keep them zipped up. Po­lice are view­ing se­cu­rity im­ages and are shocked at how brazen of­fend­ers are steal­ing items in such close prox­im­ity to vic­tims. –

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