Be safe this holiday season and all year long.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
November 21, 2018
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'Tis the season to be...shopping. But regardless of whether it's the holidays or another time of year, it's important to keep your purse safe from pickpockets. Here, three simple tips to safeguard your bag from thieves.

1. Keep your zipper closed even when your purse is on your shoulder.

You may think clutching your bag close to your body is enough to keep pickpockets at bay. But experienced crooks can easily reach into your bag and steal your wallet or phone if you don't zip it closed. "It's very easy for a thief to slide his or her hand inside an open bag. Just because it's hanging on your shoulder doesn't automatically put it off limits," writes Jacquelin Sonderling for NBC Los Angeles, who tapped LAPD Det. Dennis Bopp for his advice. If you aren't using a bag that zippers shut, place items like your wallet or phone in a zippered coat pocket.

2. Secure your purse to your shopping cart.

This tip comes courtesy the Windham, New Hampshire Police Department, as shared by TODAY.com. "Simply attach your purse to the shopping cart, either with the cart’s built-in child safety belt or by using a cheap carabiner clip to attach the purse straps to the cart," writes Lindsay Lowe for TODAY. Of course, make sure your bag is zipped shut at all times, even when it's clamped to your shopping cart.

WATCH: 4 Things You Should Do If Your Cell Is Lost or Stolen

3. Buy an anti-theft bag.

These days, many walk around with not only their wallets, but valuable tech products like cell phones, headphones, and laptops. While no bag is going to guarantee your belongings won't be stolen, it's better safe than sorry — especially when you're traveling with important items like your passport. Check out these 15 anti-theft backpacks, cross-body bags, and clutches on Travel & Leisure.

P.S. You've cleaned out your wallet so you're only carrying the essentials in it, and not your social security card, nine credit cards, and all your gift cards, right?

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