FAIRFIELD - Fairfield police say purse snatchings are on the rise in places where people shop and are urging consumers to be aware.

News 12 Connecticut teamed up with a Fairfield police officer to demonstrate to shoppers how easy it is for someone to take their purses. Fairfield Police Sgt. James Perez went around a Super Stop & Shop in Fairfield Tuesday, placing stickers on purses and wallets left unattended by their owners.

Shoppers with stickered bags say it was a good lesson to learn. Perez says if he had been a crook, he could have gotten away with at least one shopper?s designer purse.

Police urge shoppers to keep purses closed and wrap the shopping cart safety belt around the straps to keep it extra safe. That way, if someone tries to grab the bag, it?s attached to the cart.