MOREE police are urging people to secure their personal belongings following two bag snatches in the Moree area during the past five days.
In the latest incident a man snatched a woman’s handbag as she walked along Balo St at 1.30pm on Tuesday. A number of witnesses to the incident chased the offender, who fled through an arcade and into Auburn St.
The woman’s bag was later discovered in the rear yard of a property in Rosyln St, minus her wallet.
Last Friday, a woman returning to her Boland Dr home also had her bag snatched by a man. The 63-year-old woman was knocked to the ground as a result of the robbery and suffered minor injuries to her arms and legs.
Barwon Local Area Command crime manager Gavin Rattenbury said thieves typically targeted areas such as shopping centres, car parks and toilets.
He said it was best to not resist the bagsnatcher, as serious injury could occur as a result.
“Bagsnatchers catch victims offguard,” Inspector Rattenbury said.
“Being aware and alert of your surroundings is the best defence.”
Police advise of a number of measures to reduce opportunities, including:
n Carrying your bag close to your body;
n Keeping bags zipped up;
n Keeping cash and valuables to a minimum;
n Not marking keys with an address;
n Staying alert at ATMs; and
n Keeping a close watch on bags while shopping or unloading
Moree police are keen to speak to anyone who may have knowledge of either incident or who may have been in the area during these times.
Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Moree police.