Protect yourself from purse and wallet theft:
I never thought this would happen to me but it did because I let my guard down just once and put my purse on the floor at lunchtime in Panera Bread. Please take this as a lesson and protect yourself. Here are a few things you can do:
- If you don’t already have purse hooks (see below for how to purchase), get several and put one in each purse you own. Be sure to use them whenever you’re in public. Yorkdale Shopping Centre in north Toronto has ingenious little double hooks on the underside of the tables in their new upper level food court especially for hanging purses and bags. USE THEM. I have no doubt a woman instituted that little design accoutrement. I wish all restaurants and food courts had them.
- Never put your purse on the floor where it can be surreptitiously accessed or taken altogether. We all know someone who has had this happen.
- Separate your cash from credit cards and I.D. Keep cash in a wallet or change purse and secure your cards and valuables in a separate secure metal holder. This is moot if your entire purse is stolen, but it partially saved my bacon because I only had a cash in my wallet. All my credit cards and ID were in a small separate metal (to avoid passersby electronically skimming my information) accordian case.
- Make it hard for thieves to find your wallet(s) by zipping them into inner pockets of your purse or handbag.
- Backpacks are easy targets for thieves.
- Never let your purse off your shoulder or arm when shopping. Ensure it’s buckled, locked, zipped, clasped or whatever keeps it securely closed at all times.
It’s economical to get several.
Then, you’ll have one for each purse and some to gift to girlfriends.