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Protect yourself from purse snatchers

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Lawton_A purse snatcher in Duncan was caught in the act on camera.  And, the holiday season hasn't even started.  Even so, Duncan Police say they're seeing more and more purse snatching.  And, it seems to happen particularly when women are shopping.

7News checked out how easy it is for your purse to be snatched in seconds.  Aisle after aisle there were women of all ages stepping away from their shopping carts with their purses still inside - and unattended.

Detective Keith Stewart says it can happen in an instant.  "Just like that, just that fast. Just for you to turn around and walk away and your stuff is gone."  Christa Wiggins says she's going to change her habits because she never really thought it could happen to her.  "People get complacent," she says.  "They don't realize it can happen so fast, and of course most people go around thinking ‘it's not going to happen to me."

One shopper came in prepared though.  Nona Pennington snaps her purse to the cart.  "When I come in the store I usually do like this and snap my baby in.  So I snap it because if I'm turned around they can't grab it.  Well they can grab it, but its not going to get away," she says.  Another shopper tries to avoid her purse being taken by placing items on top of it.

Detective Stewart has some tips, too:

  • Pay attention
  • Don't get distracted by shopping on the other side of the store aisle
  • Try not to be on your cell phone

"Most women are going to put their purse right here where it's accessible to them - where a child normally is," Stewart says.  So, if you're going to use that area of the cart for your purse - "Strap it in."

 

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