Awareness Campaign Aims To Stop Purse Thefts In Grocery Stores

December 06, 2018 - 3:49 pm

WOODBURY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Never leave your purse unattended while you’re shopping for groceries.

It’s become a commonly told story: you turn your back at the grocery store and when you turn back, your wallet, phone or entire purse is gone.

One shopper from Syosset told WCBS 880 how it happened to her.

“I was doing my regular shopping, I had my phone out a little bit  because I was expecting a phone call, and I turned around and it was gone,” she said.

An awareness campaign from the Nassau County Police Department and People’s Republic Bank now placed stickers on the shopping carts of those who left their belongings vulnerable to warn them.

One woman at the Stop & Shop in Woodbury received such a warning and told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall it was a wake-up call.

“Someone could have taken my bag and walked away easily,” she said.

What can you do to protect your belongings? Police said if you must bring a purse inside the store, never put it inside your cart.

Carry your belongings or just bring your cash or credit card with you while leaving your bag in the trunk of your vehicle, police suggested.