TO GUARD AGAINST PURSE SNATCHERS
awareness for your personal protection
|Purse snatching is a crime of opportunity.
To be a real survivor, not a victim, eliminate that opportunity. Every female carrying a purse is a potential
target. Senior citizens are especially susceptible to these criminals
since they may not be readily able to defend themselves and there pursue.
They make ideal victims.
What Can You Do?
Purse snatching is a crime that can be easily prevented when you take
away the opportunity from the thief. Most purse snatchers are juveniles
under the age of 18, who are waiting for the next opportunity. When you
hide the "prize" you protect yourself!
Suppose you are going shopping and waiting for the bus. You are by
yourself and your purse is exposed and in open view. You already made
two mistakes - you're alone and your purse is vulnerable. Frankly, your
personal safety might depend on NOT clinging to that purse, even though
it seems a normal way to protect the contents. Grabbing and shoving that
may take place can result in being injured. There are ways to protect
Shop With A friend And Travel Together
The first precaution you can take is to go shopping with a friend - man
or women this is a good form of self
defense or protection against theft. You're safer when in the company of someone else. If you must
be out at night alone, stay in well-lighted areas. Walk close to street
lights, staying well away from dark corners and alleys and for your
protection, carry some form of self defense.
How To Outsmart A Purse Snatcher
When carrying a purse, women should have only 3 or 4 one dollar bills
placed inside. Credit cards, currency, driver's license, keys and
jewelry should be carried in a coat or sweater pocket, or concealed on
your person to reduce the opportunity of large losses. If you carry a
purse, don't wrap the strap around your shoulder, neck or wrist. If your
purse is grabbed, a strong strap will not yield easily and you may be
injured. Some purse snatch victims have been thrown down and have
received concussions and broken bones. Never carry anything more
valuable than you can afford to lose. Always leave all unnecessary
credit cards at home. When you shop and carry a purse, place it in your
shopping bag. Never leave your purse on a store counter or in a grocery
shopping cart - even for a moment.
Don't Carry Dangerous Weapons
For personal protection you should carry a police
whistle or a flashlight. For self defense, carry pepper spray or mace
spray on your key chain where they're readily available. Make a habit to
carry your key chain in a pocket - NOT in your purse. And, you should
never put your name and address on your house keys or car keys. This is
simple a way of telling the thief who you are and where you live.
CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY
Most victims are attacked from behind. They don't get a good look at the
attacker. And when a juvenile gets away with it once, he'll try it
again. If attacked, call the police immediately. Try to remember all
details - help your police help you!