Purse snatcher

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    With a lot of talk lately about Purse Snatchers, it got me wondering what the best thing to do if mine got pulled off my arm. I keep my EDC in my britches (that don't sound right, lol) but anyway, it's kept there when I'm out and about and I got to thinking that if my purse did get taken I surely don't want to kill anybody over my pocketbook.

    What would be my best action (or lack of) if let's say, I'm going to my car from the grocery store and a guy grabs my purse, I am a slow runner so that's out of the question. What would be the best thing for me to do that is legal? I'm in SC and from what I remember, there isn't a lot that can be done since my life is not in danger.

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    Yell "Stop thief!" and blow your rape whistle.
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    This is why I always recommend that females should never purse carry. They ought to carry just like the men do. I couldn't imagine what I'd feel like knowing that not only has the criminal got my wallet and other personal possessions, now he's got my gun as well, to possibly use in other future crimes.

    OP, if the snatcher comes up from behind, grabs and runs, there isn't much you can do. I certainly wouldn't shoot him in the back. If he does so from a frontal position and a struggle ensues, that may be a different story. The only advice I can give you is to be aware of your surroundings, don't go to questionable places at night and whatever you do, don't purse carry!

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    If you have a purse with a sturdy strap long enough to cross carry it you are much less likely to have it snatched. You then become a less desirable target than the lady in the same parking with only a clutch purse or one with a short strap that she is carrying with only one hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sister View Post
    With a lot of talk lately about Purse Snatchers, it got me wondering what the best thing to do if mine got pulled off my arm. I keep my EDC in my britches (that don't sound right, lol) but anyway, it's kept there when I'm out and about and I got to thinking that if my purse did get taken I surely don't want to kill anybody over my pocketbook.

    What would be my best action (or lack of) if let's say, I'm going to my car from the grocery store and a guy grabs my purse, I am a slow runner so that's out of the question. What would be the best thing for me to do that is legal? I'm in SC and from what I remember, there isn't a lot that can be done since my life is not in danger.

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    Depends on if the snatcher commits assault and battery in the commission of the crime . If it's a straight up grab and run, probably not. If it's obvious there's more to it than stealing, well, the story changes . Some of the lawyers here can give you better advice .
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    Keep a list of credit card #'s so you can cancel them immediately (or ask for a new card and #).

    Call the bank and change accounts.

    Change the locks on your doors because the BG now has your house key and address.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NRA1945 View Post
    This is why I always recommend that females should never purse carry. They ought to carry just like the men do. I couldn't imagine what I'd feel like knowing that not only has the criminal got my wallet and other personal possessions, now he's got my gun as well, to possibly use in other future crimes.

    OP, if the snatcher comes up from behind, grabs and runs, there isn't much you can do. I certainly wouldn't shoot him in the back. If he does so front a frontal position and a struggle ensues, that may be a different story. The only advice I can give you is to be aware of your surroundings, don't go to questionable places at night and whatever you do, don't purse carry!
    I also think it's stupid to carry in the purse. They would be gravely disappointed if they got my pocketbook. Only thing of serious value would be the pill bottle with the extra .38 ammo for my 5 shot Smith.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    Keep a list of credit card #'s so you can cancel them immediately (or ask for a new card and #).

    Call the bank and change accounts.

    Change the locks on your doors because the BG now has your house key and address.
    Good ideas. Don't think they will get far with the bank acct or cc's. Maxed and empty
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShooterGranny View Post
    If you have a purse with a sturdy strap long enough to cross carry it you are much less likely to have it snatched. You then become a less desirable target than the lady in the same parking with only a clutch purse or one with a short strap that she is carrying with only one hand.
    And like Patti says: "Keep a list of credit card #'s so you can cancel them immediately (or ask for a new card and #).
    Call the bank and change accounts.
    Change the locks on your doors because the BG now has your house key and address."


    Some purses, made for travelers, have a steel cable in the strap to prevent a slash/grab, which is common in many countries + U.S. Cities.
    It is what my wife carries. She would be drawing her sidearm as some creep was tugging (choking) her. But, I sometimes think she is trigger happy.

    I have had many of these jerks use the DL & keys to gain easy access to the victims house. Another reason to keep your cell phone on your person, too, but usually too inconvenient enough to bother.
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    For years I warned my wife that her purse could be snatched. After it finally happened, she stopped carrying a purse.
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    I've heard of the use of box cutters to cut the straps of a well protected purse ( and with it you back)
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    My wife hasn't carried a purse for years. She does, however sometimes carry her knitting bag. If some perp grabs that, they are likely to end up with some unfinished socks, and maybe an unfinished scarf, or two. Lipstick, keys and credit cards go in pocket. Pistol IWB, and anything else becomes my problem to carry.

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    I would suggest yelling RAPE....RAPE....RAPE as loudly and often as you can. If struggling for he may let go, if running with it...he may drop it. A guy's instinct is to distance himself as far as possible from that attention, even if it means dropping the purse.
    Just one guy's opinion.
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    Carry a wallet instead of a purse.
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    If your phone was not in your purse, shoot him, at least a photo...is that legal? Hummm! Probably not.
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