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Hertfordshire Constabulary warn of bank card thefts in supermarket car parks
Police are issuing crime prevention advice following a series of incidents where bank cards are being stolen in supermarket car parks.
Hertfordshire Constabulary have said they believe that the victims, mainly elderly, are being watched at supermarket checkouts when entering their pin code into the store’s chip and pin device.
As the victims leave the store, the offenders then approach them in the car park and mention that they have dropped a £10 note. The offender helps the victim put the money back in their purse or wallet, whilst stealing their bank card at the same time.
The most recent occurred on Saturday, September 14 at 11.15pm at Waitrose, in Homestead Road, Rickmansworth. A man and his wife were in the supermarket car park when they were both approached by two offenders who distracted them and removed the man’s bank card. Both offenders then left the car park on foot.
PC Paul Knowles said: "It is strongly advised that people cover the pin device when inputting their pin number, preventing anyone from seeing your pin. Always be aware of anyone standing close to you.
"I would also advise people to tell their friends and family about this crime so they are aware if they are approached in the same way."
Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference C2/13/1783.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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