Just recently, I had the opportunity to view a surveillance recording of a purse snatching in progress from the drivers’ seat of a stopped motor vehicle.
The crime had been captured on camera from a multi unit apartment complex in the city. The most striking observation made was that the purse snatcher did it in broad daylight WHILE a male passenger was seated in the front passenger seat. The crime took less than 20 seconds to complete. The thief just opened the unlocked driver side door, grabbed the purse that was sitting on the drivers’ seat, and took off running so fast, he couldn’t be captured in time.
These thefts are called slider thefts. They happen often at gas stations. Thieves are looking to catch their victims by complete surprise. This method of operation succeeds because most gas station customers are unlikely to have their car doors locked while they’re pumping gas. If your purse or wallet is in plain view on the passenger seat and is within easy reach to a person walking or driving by, your purse or wallet can easily and suddenly disappear. And the thief is nowhere to be found. To prevent this crime from happening to you, always lock your car doors if you step outside your vehicle at any time, even if you exit your car for just 1 minute. Keep all your valuables and possessions out of plain view. Pay attention to your environment, and don’t let your cell phone distract you.
Remember: Thieves are always looking for easy targets. Make it your priority to challenge them so that they won’t succeed in their plan to ruin your good day.
From the desk of Jane Constant
Senior Relations Specialist
Nashua Police Department