Wallets and Shopping Carts

Winter is upon us and it brings so many other things with it.  My family and I spent the better part of this weekend getting ready for the coming months.  We cleaned out the garage to make room for my wifes truck, winter tires installed, cold rated washer fluid topped up, and heavy jackets out of storage.  Shovels and ice melter ready and waiting.

I grabbed my winter jacket and loaded it in my usual items as we went out for a bit of shopping yesterday. Keys, wallet, cell and gloves all put into different pockets.  That leads me to a thought that came to me late last week as I was at a breakfast meeting.  I had done my usual and left my fall jacket in the coat rack across the room.  I sat staring at this row of coats and remembered that my wallet was still in the pocket of mine.  I wasn’t worried because the room was filled with amazing people whom I trust, but it started me thinking…How easy it would be for someone to rummage through my jacket? How many times have I checked my coat while my car keys were still in it?

That leads me to our shopping trip today.  As we walked the aisles, I did my usual and wandered along looking around.  Anyone who knows me has probably noticed that I’m constantly looking at things.  Doors, camera systems, locks…it’s what I do.  Today I was looking at how many unattended purses were left in shopping carts.  Sometimes for quite a while while the owner was reading a label or tending to a child.

I know it seems pretty unlikely someone would steal from a cart or coatroom, but the chance is always there.  Looking around and judging your surroundings certainly takes practice.  There is also a balancing point between paranoia and protection.  I’m proof that we anyone can become lax when it comes to keeping a bit of our guard up.  Being aware of potential dangers is one of the ways to help protect what matters most to you.

If you have a security question or tip that you would like to share, don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or one of my coworkers, We’d all love to hear from you

Mike Pagnutti