Paywave credit card fraud is giving local police grief following a surge of incidents suspected to be related to vehicle item theft.
Northam police acting officer in charge Scott Mills said the two go hand in hand.
“Vehicle theft is a flow on effect to fraud,” he said.
Officer Mills said bags have been stolen from unlocked, or locked vehicles.
He said offenders will use the paywave option on stolen credit cards, purchasing items just under the $100 cut off limit so a pin is not required.
Officer Mills said stolen credit cards should be cancelled immediately and the theft reported to police.
“People need to be aware when they are shopping to keep their handbag on them at all times,” he said.
He advised the community to keep valuables out of plain sight in vehicles.
If you see anything suspicious, call your local police station or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.