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New Hampshire State Police Recommend Women Secure Purse with Carabiner Clip When Shopping

Law enforcement authorities in New Hampshire are warning women who carry purses to make sure that are carefully secured when shopping to avoid incidents of purse snatching. They warn that you are taking an unnecessary risk every time you just put your purse into the front of your shopping cart without securing it with a safety strap or a carabiner clip.

Keep in mind that it only takes a second for a thief to snatch your purse out of your grocery cart and make a run for the door. The warning from the New Hampshire State Police includes the advice that if your grocery cart comes with a child-safety strap, you can use that to keep your purse secure and locked up.

"A holiday shopping safety tip for women. When using a shopping cart as you browse through the store, keep your purse zipped or closed and secure it to the cart by clipping the child safety belt through the strap(s)," reads the bulletin.

As the bulletin points out, locking up your purse like this makes it much more difficult for bad actors to take advantage of your distraction when shopping and manage to get away with your wallet, phone, and car keys.

If it turns out your grocery cart doesn't come with a safety strap, then the bulletin suggests you use a carabiner clip. These nifty clips have been used by rock climbers to catch them in case of falls, but carabiner clips are also ideal to protect yourself from thieving purse snatchers.

More from the bulletin: "For those carts that don't have the child strap, keep an inexpensive carabiner clip attached to your purse strap."

"Simply clip the carabiner to the cart and your purse is more secure. HAPPY SHOPPING!"

The NH Police Department's message has since been shared thousands of times on social media, and many women also shared real-life experiences where securing their purse foiled a would-be purse snatcher and saved them from losing their valuables.

Of course, if you want to completely avoid purse-snatching, then leave your purse and just bring along your debit card, ID and car keys. You can use a small wristlet bag to carry your credit cards, ID, and cash.

It is also a good idea to keep your smartphone in your car (glove compartment, etc.), or unless you have a tablet, you can always slip your phone into your bra.

If you really need to have your purse with you when you're shopping or elsewhere in public, then consider just leaving it in the trunk, and only take the items you will need on that specific errand when you get out of the car.

Another option is to use a cross-body purse. Poster Tabi Bailey commented: "I keep my purse closed and on my body."

She continued, "A cross body normally. However, at this point, all you're going to be stealing from me is some pull-ups, wipes, kids snacks, toys and maybe like a dollar, Lol."

"Hope that gets you what you need though."

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