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Leave your purses at home!

Dec 18

Leave your purses at home

Just a reminder to keep an eye and hand on your purses this time of year.   It’s the holiday season and while you may be ready to do some giving, crooks want to do some taking – by snatching your purse.  According to the FBI, purse snatching has been steadily going up in recent years.

I recently read online that a 54 year old lady went shopping during Thanksgiving weekend and was robbed of her purse which contained her driver’s license and credit cards.    She tried to hold on, but the suspect displayed a handgun and she was smart enough to let go.

What can you do to avoid being a victim?  Leave your purses at home.  Another option would be to take a wallet that fits in your coat pocket or just take your driver’s license and one or two credit cards with you shopping and store them in a secure pocket.

If you need to take a purse, you should have your hands on it and keep it in front of you at all times.  Also, avoid keeping valuables in your purse like multiple credit cards, checks, medical insurance identification and your Social Security card.  These are a goldmine for identity thieves if your purse is snatched.

If confronted by a purse snatcher, don’t put up a fight to avoid becoming a victim of further violence. Also, please do the following:

1. Call the police and file a police report at the location the incident happened

2. Immediately call your credit card company and/or bank to report the theft 

3. Change the locks at your home if your house keys were inside your purse

4. Monitor your identity with a product such as and receive Fraud Resolution Assistance from a Specially-trained Fraud Agent

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