Leave your purse at home.
Carry necessary items (ID and money) in a wallet, tucked
safely in your pocket. If you don't have pockets and/or
there are additional items you prefer to carry, such as
makeup, keys, and a phone, consider putting them in a
bag that wraps around your stomach and can be hidden
from view, or a backpack strapped around both
shoulders so that it can't easily be snatched.
Bring only what
you need. Don't carry any
more cash or credit cards than you absolutely need to do
your shopping that day. Usually, one credit card is
enough, and you should have the customer service number
written down somewhere (see tips) so that you can report
the card stolen immediately if your purse is snatched.
Decide even before leaving the house whether the
contents of your purse are worth getting hurt for.
Walk in busy,
well-lit areas. You may think
that you're exposing yourself to more purse snatchers,
but they are more likely to strike in dark, isolated
areas because they don't want to get caught. Walk
briskly and confidently. Bring a friend.
Be aware of the
area and the people, especially if you find yourself
having to walk in an isolated or lightly populated area.
Look at the person who might approach or pass you. Do
not look away. Look directly at their hands or at what
they might be carrying. They prefer to strike and run,
and not be recognized. If you do not appear to be
vulnerable and will be able to give their description,
they just might keep walking past you.
Hold your purse
tightly and close to your body, whether on a bus, train,
or walking. If possible, wear
it underneath a coat or jacket. Also, secure the latch
or zipper. You might be tempted to wear your purse
diagonally on your body (over the neck as well as the
shoulder) or loop the strap around your wrist to prevent
the purse from being easily snatched, but keep in mind
that if someone does try to steal your purse, a hard
yank on tightly wound purse strap can cause injury.
If you believe
someone is following you don't turn around use a shiny
object like a car mirror or window to look back.
strap on your purse so you can carry it tightly between
your elbow and body.
you come before your purse.
If someone pulls it away from your hands or your
shoulder, let it go! It is more important to avoid
injury than save a purse. Never fight to keep it.
or anyone suspicious. If you
suspect that someone seems to be lurking someplace that
they do not belong, contact security if you are in a
mall, or contact the manager if you are in a
supermarket. Better to report your suspicions and be
wrong, than to ignore it and be robbed or hurt