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Tips to Keep your Purse or Wallet Safe While Shopping
Tips to Keep your Purse or Wallet Safe While Shopping

The Amherst Police Department released a list of tips to keep in mind all year long and especially during the holidays.

  • Hold your purse close to you and make sure it is zipped or the flap is next to your body.
  • If you carry your wallet in your pocket, keep it in your front pocket.
  • Carry your purse with one arm across it or with the strap crossing your body. Wear the strap under your jacket or sweater.
  • Do not leave purses or wallets unattended in shopping carts.
  • Keep a record of all of your bank and/or credit card account numbers  and customer service phone numbers in the event you need to cancel stolen cards.  Keep this information in a safe place at home. 
  • Don't carry large sums of cash and remove your rarely used banks and/or credit cards from your wallet and store them in a safe place at home.
  • Do not carry any IDs you don't need for shopping (Insurance Cards, Social Security Card, etc…)
  • Keep your keys and phone separate from your purse. Why? If your purse is stolen, you'll be stranded with no car keys and no immediate way to call anyone.
  • Have your cell phone out and don't hesitate to report suspicious behavior.


If you find that your purse or wallet has been stolen:

  • Call the police right away
  • If you are still in the store, notify the store security and/or store manager.
  • Call your bank or credit card companies to find out if the card has already been used, and cancel your card.


If would like any more information contact the Amherst Police Department at 689-1311.





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