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.
- Muddy footprints leading to purse, but not away from it.
- Purse is found open, but is usually kept fastened.
- Purse feels extra heavy.
- Purse is difficult to close.
- Unusual noise coming from inside the purse.
- Unusual movement coming from inside the purse.
- 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:
- Don’t put the purse down in a strange crowd.
- Keep the purse closed and under your arm.
- Install an alarm system in your purse.
- 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.