There has been a series of bag snatching incidents at the Preston Market and the Northcote Plaza which has resulted in the police asking shoppers to be extra cautious and vigilant. Police describe bad snatching as crimes of opportunity and advise shoppers to keep handbags close to their bodies and either concealed or facing away from passing traffic.

In you have been the victim of a bad snatching incident contact Victims of Crime Counselling & Compensation Services on freecall 1800 000 055 for assistance and advice.

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