It’s no secret that purse and bag shapes, sizes, colors, and trends are one of the most fluctuating “must have” items out there. Some prefer the oversized tote or satchel to fit those stunner shades, laptops, and flip flops for when those feet get tired, while some others prefer a smaller clutch or wristlet. But whatever your preference is, understand that there is no style of handbag or wallet exempt from being snatched or stolen.
While purses and bags do provide a trendy way to carry possessions, they are also a major target for robberies and purse snatchings. However, seattle.gov offers some helpful tips to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
• Handbags should be closed, carried in front of the body with an arm held loosely across it. A bag dangling by your side is much easier for a thief to grab on the run.
• If wearing a handbag with a strap over the head, choose a thin strap, and wear it under your coat. This makes it harder for the robber to grab the strap. A hard yank on a strap may cause a fall and an injury.
• Many women find they don't need to carry a handbag all the time. Place essentials (keys, small amount of cash, I.D.) in a pocket.
• Avoid carrying house keys in your handbag. Instead, carry keys in a pocket. Chances are your address is on a document in the bag. If the thief has your keys and address he/she has easy entry to your home.
• Consider reducing the items of personal or sentimental value that you routinely carry. Losing family photos, address books, and important papers is usually more traumatic to victims than financial loss.
• If you must carry a large amount of cash or valuable items, do not carry them in your handbag or wallet. Carry valuables in an inside pocket.
Also remember that YOU come BEFORE your purse. If you are ever in a high stress situation where an attacker or robber is trying to pull it away from your hands or your shoulder, let it go! The bag and the contents can be replaced but your life can’t, so don’t ever fight to keep it. Can you think of any more safety tips to add to this list?