I have been hearing so much about 'Purse Snatchings' lately, that I thought I would offer you some helpful tips on the subject. In Manatee County, here in Florida, a 'Purse Snatching' occurs every 11.38 days. In the state of Florida, an incident happens every 5 hr. 58 minutes. The last statistics from 2008, said that in the USA, a snatching occurs every 15 min. 46 seconds! You don't want to be part of these 'Crime Clock Statistics!
How can it be prevented? Here are some tips.
1) Most importantly, remember Purse Snatching is a crime of opportunity, which can be prevented by taking away the opportunity! When you hide the 'prize', you protect yourself!
(get rid of that purse and use a 'Hip Klip!')
2) Only carry essentials in your purse. Credit Cards, currency, driver's license, keys and jewelry should be carried elsewhere, (in your Hip Klip) or concealed on your person. Wearing your purse (or Hip Klip) under your sweater or jacket makes it quite inaccessible! Today, fewer women are carrying purses.
Many women choose to carry a small billfold, coin purse, or Hip Klip! This eliminates a purse as a target and also frees up your hands to defend yourself!
3) Remember to be aware of your surroundings and if you must carry a purse, keep it in your line of vision and close to your body. Many purse snatchings occur when it is hanging on the back of your chair in a restaurant or public place. A great preventive tool is a Purse Hanger, which keeps your purse in view and prevents 'bagteria' at the same time!
4) Recently, I was chatting with a Deputy Sheriff, and he pointed out that another way to prevent 'opportunity', is to have your keys in-hand before you arrive at your car. Many women fumble and search for their keys while 'digging' through their large purses! If you have a 'Key Finder' perched on the edge of your purse, it makes locating your keys quickly and efficiently, possible.
I have a 'Testimonial' on my website from a friend, who was traveling abroad, and had her purse stolen from the back of her chair, in an upscale restaurant, with 7 other women present! She is now getting ready to leave for her next trip, armed with a 'Hip Klip' and a 'Purse Hanger!'
Visit my 'Unique Boutique' to find these fabulous safety tools!
Be safe, be well,