Safeguard Your Pocketbook in the Supermarket
A friend of mine told me recently that she’d been robbed while shopping in the supermarket. She’d put her pocketbook in the child seat compartment of the shopping cart (which is what most women do) and at one point turned her back to the cart for just a second to grab something off a shelf. In that split second, someone grabbed her bag and ran out the door. Security cameras got a really nice mug shot of him, but bag is still missing, along with all sorts of important papers and items.
Supermarket robberies happen more often than you’d think, so here’s a great tip: Most shopping cart child seat partitions have a safety strap to secure the child so he doesn’t reach for something and fall out of the cart. Secure your pocketbook or tote bag through the handles with the strap and shop at ease.
No safety strap on the cart? Tie or secure crossbody pocketbook straps to the push bar of the cart. Bag have short handles? Bring your own strap with you.
And, please, keep your bag closed (and zipped, if there’s a zipper) while in the cart. Discourages the pickpockets.