Shoppers in east Kent are being reminded to keep their purses and bags safe after a number of people reported being targeted this week.

Three incidents in Herne Bay were reported to Kent Police last weekend (9 & 10 July) and officers would like to remind people of simple steps they can take to not become targeted.

In all three cases, the victim has entered a shop to purchase items but has found their bags were open and purses taken.

Inspector Thomas Mepstead of Canterbury’s Community Safety Unit said: ‘While these offences are not common in this town, and our local officers are always alert for suspicious activity, I would remind shoppers to be careful when out and about to avoid becoming victim to opportunist thieves. ‘My advice is to never leave handbags unattended on top of prams, shopping trolleys, wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Always keep them zipped up and where you can see them. ‘Do not carry large amounts of cash and, if you have one, a purse chain can be an effective measure against thieves.’

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is urged to call Kent Police on 01843 222289, quoting crime reference 46/132319/22.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or by completing the online form on their website.

By Ed

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