If you're not careful, your shopping cart could become the scene of a crime.
Dothan police say there's been an increase in thefts at major food and department stores over the past couple of months. Purses left in shopping carts are the targets. Similar crimes have also been reported in Troy, Enterprise and Ozark.
Police said it only takes a few seconds for you to become a victim. If you step away and leave your cart briefly unattended or get distracted talking to a friend, your wallet could be gone.
Police also advise you to be aware of your surroundings. A thief may follow you around for a while waiting for that moment of opportunity. So make sure you don't give them one.
Dothan police said they have some good leads and they're working with law enforcement agencies in surrounding communities to solve the crimes.
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Source: www.nsc.org (National Safety Council Web site) contributed to this report.
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