Nantwich Police will be at Morrisons and Sainsburys 10am until 2pm on 29 May giving chip and pin crime prevention tips
Nantwich Police will be at Morrisons and Sainsburys between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 29 May 2012 giving tips on chip and pin distraction theft prevention.
PC Chris Wynn-Jones said: "We will have officers at the two supermarkets giving out advice and handouts ensuring shoppers stay vigilant following distraction thefts at supermarket car parks in Nantwich."
During an incident back in March the elderly victim had been shopping in the supermarket and had got to her car when she was stopped by a woman who insisted she give her directions.
She left her bag in her unlocked car while she gave directions. When she got home she discovered her card had gone and then discovered money had been taken from her account.
PC Wynn-Jones said: "As in all the incidents someone will have been watching over the woman′s shoulder as she typed in her pin number at the till.
"Then a second offender will have been rooting through the handbag to get her card while the first offender distracted her with requests for directions."
To make life difficult for these distraction thieves, shoppers are urged to check no one is watching when they punch their pin into the chip and pin device and always attempt to conceal the number.
PC Wynn-Jones added: "Also be aware in the car park. Ensure your bag is secure and keep it with you at all times. Don′t leave it on the car seat or in the trolley while you load your shopping into the boot.
"Anyone who sees someone acting suspiciously in a supermarket and its car park should contact police on 101.
"While we make every effort to hunt down the offenders and bring them to justice, we would urge people to be vigilant."