Ten years ago I stopped carrying a purse. I have personally known 3 people who had their purses ripped from their arms.
One friend was shoved down outside Walgreen's Drugs. She had her drivers license, charge cards, check book and keys to car and condo plus a lot of other things including a small address book with friends addresses and phone numbers in the giant purse.
Now the mugger had her address and birth date off the license, her phone number, her car registration information, her SS number off her Medicare card and the keys to her car and condo. She could not even drive home or get in when a friend took her there.
He had everything he needed to break and enter, steal her car or steal her identity
A car with 4 men in it pulled up close to her, a man jumped out, shoved her down, grabbed purse and bags, jumped in the car and screeched out of the parking lot.. NOTE: she was With Her Husband.... she ended up with a break in her pelvis on both sides and in a rehab home for a few weeks.
A blogger asked me to do a How Do I live Without a Purse. It is simple.
simple answer is... My needs are in the trucks... only what I use in the stores is in my pocket.
I wear jeans and keep cards/drivers license and a little cash in an ultra thin leather wallet that goes in my hip pocket, keys in right front pocket, camera left front.