I've never thought about the worth of items that I carry in my bag before. I mean, I don't carry much around with me and I'm ever so cautious, who wants to pinch a couple of nappies and a half eaten KitKat anyway?
So it's safe to say, when I read that the average contents of a women's handbag contents was an average of £512 – with some women totalling an overwhelming £3,144, I was shocked. Who would be carrying all that worth around with them?
According to national statistics, around a fifth of all women in the UK have experienced handbag theft. It’s not all about the value of the bags contents you need to worry about though as identity fraud is an issue with many people carrying around identification documents such as a driving licence or a passport as well as credit and bank cards.
So this got me to thinking, if someone checked inside my bag, what would they find. So I've totted up everything that's inside my bag right now and it has shocked me, to say the least. With items such as iPods, smart phones, make-up and cash, a handbag can be a goldmine for a thief.
My bag contains many items, nappies, creams, teething gels, that are worth a few pounds each, but when I add up the important items, it paints a very different picture indeed:
• Mobile Phone (iPhone 6 £459)
• Purse and Contents (£150)
• House Keys (new locks cost up to £100)
• Camera (£225)
• Kids Tablet (£85)
• Make-Up, Perfume, Jewellery (£70)
Which has a staggering total of £1089.
I didn't realise just how much everything adds up when you actually write it down and am shocked that I actually carry all this around with me. Not to mention my bank cards, credit cards and driving license too.
I mean yes, my phone does have insurance on it, but that's not the point. It's what is on it that counts. The hundreds of photos, the memories, those I would be absolutely gutted to lose.
But what can you do to stop thieves from making you a target?
Security experts, Kings Security has been trusted to protect homeowners and businesses for over 40 years, and they give the following top tips on preventing this from happening:
• Make sure your bag is closed and valuables are out of sight
• Keep important possessions like your phone in zipped hidden compartments
• Only carry what you need – do you really need your iPod when you’re out for a meal?
• Do not carry documents like your passport unless essential
• Keep your bag close to you and in your sight at all times
• Use secure lockers where possible e.g. at the gym or at a festival
I do like to think I am sensible with my bag though and do follow most of these tips above. Always having my bag close to me and having expensive things zipped away. For now, I have the added extra security from my Mia Tui Minnie Amelie bag which has clips to strap it to the pram. This means that no quick manoeuvre can get it free.
I'm also partial to wearing cross-body bags when out and about too and I guess that would also help to prevent theft as it wouldn't be something that a thief could just grab and run off with.
This has got me thinking though, just how safe are our bags. Do you know what the contents of yours is worth?