Purse Snatching Prevention Tips


Police Department Media Release – Purse Snatching Prevention Tips

In light of the recent purse snatching incident earlier this week, the Pittsburg Police Department would like to provide a few prevention tips:

As with most crimes, purse-snatching is a crime of opportunity. Criminals are attracted to targets that are easy and inviting. Your best defense is to take steps to make your property uninviting to criminals. In other words, the harder you make it, the less likely you are to become a crime victim. You can minimize your chances of becoming a purse snatching victim by following a few simple precautions:

Don’t carry a shoulder bag over your shoulder. This makes it easier for a thief to grab your bag, knock you down and injure you.

Carry a small clutch-type handbag underneath your arm.

Keep your keys in a pocket so you won’t lose them along with your name and address in your purse.

“Fanny packs” are a safe alternative to the traditional purse. They’re worn tight and close to the body, making them harder to grab.

Shop with a friend. You’re safer when you’re not alone.

Don’t carry large sums of money, valuable jewelry or all of your credit cards in your purse. Instead, carry only what you need for the day. This includes one check instead of the whole checkbook.

Don’t leave your purse in shopping carts or on counters — even for a moment. That’s an invitation to a thief.

Ideally, shop during daylight hours, but when out at night, park in well-lit areas.

While nothing is foolproof, following these precautions will greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a purse snatching. Practicing these safety tips will act as a deterrent to purse snatchers and increase the likelihood that thieves will pass you by and move on.

Major Brent Narges
Pittsburg Police Department

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