Purse snatching in Oakland on the rise

OAKLAND, Calif.

Oakland police said assailants grab purses and victims often resist. Officers said there has been an increase in injuries as a result.

Police suggest that members of the community stay aware of their surroundings and remain in well-lit, populated areas.

Other tips include not leaving packages or valuables in your vehicle or showing large amounts of cash while making a purchase.

Police encourage residents not to let themselves be distracted by cell phones and other electronic devices.

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