Samantha Hancock (Police, Crime Prevention Unit Manager, Nottinghamshire) writes: Nottinghamshire Police are urging the public to keep their personal belongings safe after a spate of handbag thefts across the county.
Handbags have mainly gone missing in supermarket car parks, when people are returning trolleys and leaving their cars unlocked and bags unattended.
There have been thefts reported in the Aldi car park on Sellers Wood Drive in Bulwell at around 2.45pm on Friday 23 October and 3.10pm on Monday 26 October. If you have any information which might help in either of these cases, please call Police on 101 quoting incident number 555 of 26 October or 481 of 23 October.
In Newark, there have been reported handbag thefts in the Morrisons car park in Newark at around 11.40am on Wednesday 14 October around 2.20pm on Monday 19 October. If you have any information that could help in either of these cases, please call 101 quoting incident number 289 of 14 October or 396 of 19 October.
Alternatively, ring CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
It is not thought that the incidents are linked but officers are reminding people to keep their belongings safe at all times and lock car doors.
PLEASE NEVER LEAVE HANDBAGS UNATTENDED IN VEHICLES, EVEN IF THE VEHICLE IS LOCKED. CARRY YOUR BAG WITH YOU.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind shoppers to beware of distraction tactics whilst you are loading your shopping into your vehicle – people approaching and asking for directions or similar. KEEP YOUR BAG WITH YOU WHILST LOADING UP YOUR VEHICLE, NOT LEFT INSIDE THE VEHICLE WHERE IT CAN BE SNEAKILY TAKEN.
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