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Police Issue Warning to Women

The Houston Police Department and Houston area retail stores are reminding women to be especially careful when shopping this holiday season. Officers say purses can be an easy target if the woman isn’t paying attention, especially when pumping gas. Bill Stamps has more.

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“We have a female that’s doing a reenactment of going to get gas and she’s left her door unlocked window down and the suspects going to simply walk up and take the purse.”

Asst. Chief Brian Lumpkin says a purse may have cash, expensive sunglasses that can be resold or credit cards and other information that can be used for identity theft.

Randall’s grocery stores head of security James Bonham says he’s seen robberies at the pump on surveillance tape.

“The victim comes up and is unaware they have been followed or targeted. It could be that they open the hood to check the wiper fluid and another car pulls up and the passenger jumps out and opens up the victims passenger door and drives off.”

Although part of their job is catching the bad guys, the police say it’s much easier to prevent the crime in the first place.

“So we want to let folks know that there’s professionals out here. They are going to be going up and down the aisles. They’re going to be working as a team or they’re going to be working solo looking for burglary opportunities.”

The officers are aware they aren’t telling people anything they don’t already know. They say most people know how to keep their belongings safe but they either aren’t paying attention or think it won’t happen to them. So the officer’s question is simple, why take the risk?

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