Fighting back against purse snatchers

Courtney Highfield demonstrates protecting her purse by attacking her assailent with her keys / Courtney Highfield

According to officials, the city of Moultrie has had a couple incidents lately involving someone trying to steal a person's purse or other personal belongings in a public place.

Corporal David Underwood, an investigator for the Moultrie Police Department, says the first incident happened in broad daylight at a Winn-Dixie in town, which proves that this kind of thing can happen anytime, anywhere. Underwood says whenever you're leaving a store or walking to your car you need to be on the lookout for people who are looking around suspiciously or looking to approach you.

Graylon Brunson, the head instructor at Brunson Martial Arts, says when you are in this kind of situation, you don't have to just stand there. Brunson said ultimately it's up to each person how they want to respond, but if you want to fight back, there are ways you can do it.

Brunson advises people to carry their purses as close to the front of their body as possible; he says you should make it hard for someone to snatch it in the first place.

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