Police have issued safety advice following a spate of handbag and purse thefts in Northamptonshire.
Incidents have taken place in supermarkets in Kettering, Corby and Northampton.
Full advice includes:
– Beware of pickpockets.
– Attach a bell to your handbag so you can hear if it is moved.
– Never hang your handbag on pushchairs or shopping trolleys.
– Keep your bag firmly closed and on your person at all times.
– Wear shoulder bags with the flap against your body.
– Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
– Only keep items in your bag that you need for that occasion.
– Remember thieves can use cards to make contactless purchases.
– Do not store your pin number in your handbag or purse.
– If your purse is stolen, report the loss of your cards immediately to the card issuers.
– Protect your pin when withdrawing cash from an ATM.