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Tips on How You or a Loved Can Avoid Being the Next Victim of a Recent Crime Spree

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An Abilene woman was robbed at gunpoint in her home yesterday after unknowingly bringing the suspect home in her purse. Police say there were two similar incidents last week.

Nowhere Tribune spoke today with security expert Gavin de Becker, author of The Gift of Fear, on precautions you can take to avoid a similar incident.

According to de Becker, the following are warning signs that you may have an unwanted visitor in your purse.

  1. Muddy footprints leading to purse, but not away from it.
  2. Purse is found open, but is usually kept fastened.
  3. Purse feels extra heavy.
  4. Purse is difficult to close.
  5. Unusual noise coming from inside the purse.
  6. Unusual movement coming from inside the purse.
  7. Warmth or fluids emanating from the purse.

If you notice any of these warning signs and have reason to suspect that someone is in your purse, de Becker says that it’s best not to take the purse home, nor even into your car, without first having it examined by law enforcement. And under no circumstances should you attempt to climb into your purse to confront the intruder.

Also, de Becker says you can avoid having a purse intruder altogether by following a few simple steps:

  1. Don’t put the purse down in a strange crowd.
  2. Keep the purse closed and under your arm.
  3. Install an alarm system in your purse.
  4. Keep a guard dog in your purse.

Remember, a man who hides in your purse is not a man you want in your home, car, or pants.

About Nowhere Tribune

A husband and daddy, striving to love his neighbors and be kind to his pets. I love good food, good beer, and a few good friends. My other interests are hiking, taking walks, lifting weights, reading books by manly authors like Hemingway and Twain, and splitting fire wood with my bare hands.


9 thoughts on “Tips on How You or a Loved Can Avoid Being the Next Victim of a Recent Crime Spree

  1. This seems like a Trojan-horse style robbery. Perhaps ladies shouldn’t carry Trojans in their purses.

    Posted by Tippy Gnu | October 29, 2018, 7:05 pm
  2. Seems like a big problem. Thank God you wrote this post or I have no idea how I would have handled my troublesome purse visitor.

    Posted by Michelle | October 29, 2018, 7:59 pm
  3. The Gavin de Becker cameo 😂

    Posted by whatsnonfiction | October 30, 2018, 2:21 am
    • You would be the one who knows who he is! He really does deserve credit for this post; I got the idea while re-reading The Gift of Fear, which I highly recommend.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | October 30, 2018, 7:40 am
      • You know, I’ve had a copy of Gift of Fear for so many years, it must be one of the longest lingerers on my to-read list. I’m glad to hear you recommend it so highly, I know I really need to get to it. Thanks for the motivation!

        Posted by whatsnonfiction | October 30, 2018, 9:16 am
  4. Bless her poor heart! I shall go this very minute and empty my purse to make room for my lab. At 100 petite and furry pounds I’m sure she will both guard me well and be delighted to be carried from place to place! Thanks, good to be aware.

    Posted by ellie894 | October 30, 2018, 9:42 am

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