Purse and Wallet Safety Advisory from the Suffolk County Police


walletstolenfrompurswWhen choosing a purse or pocketbook look for a zippered opening and one that can be worn comfortably close to the body.  Large oversized pocketbooks that have a magnet clasp, drawstring closure or similar allows easy access for thieves.

If someone attempts to snatch your pocket book, let go of it, especially if there is a weapon involved. When dining out, the only place for your purse should be your lap. The back of a chair is an easy target for a thief. Never carry a wallet in a rear pocket; use a front trouser or an inside coat pocket.

Do not leave your pocket book, wallet, or purse unattended in your car (even for a minute), while attending religious services, or in a shopping cart.

Be particularly aware of your purse/wallet in crowded situations, such as rush-hour trains and buses. If you are jostled in a crowd, be aware that a pickpocket might be responsible. Beware of arguments or commotions designed to distract you while your pocket or purse is being picked.

Minimize the amount of money, credit cards and valuables you carry by only taking items that are necessary for the day. Divide money between your purse/wallet and pockets. Carry your keys on your person separate from your identification.

Suffolk County Police – 4th Precinct
727 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Smithtown, NY 11787

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 631-854-8400

Author: Lynda LaCour

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