Forget Gun Control, It's Purse Control In Oak Creek


Forget Gun Control, It's Purse Control In Oak Creek

CREATED Jan. 31, 2013

The Oak Creek Police Department has had to deal with more than its fair share of criminal behavior over the last year - and has done so admirably.

Still, silly is silly - and this latest proclamation  is really silly.

Apparently there have been a couple of incidents recently where somebody has snatched wallets from the purses of women while they were grocery shopping.

As a result, here's what Oak Creek Community Resource Officer Kim Bogadi is advising residents:

"Before you go shopping, think about the only things you will need - like your debit card, a credit card or some cash ... then take only those things with you and leave your purse at home."

Leave your purse at home?  Seriously?

Does Ms. Bogadi not hang out with any ordinary women?

I understand telling women to not leave their purses unattended.  That's only sensible. However telling women to leave their purses at home is absurd.

I swear, every woman I have ever known has been able to live out of their purse for at least a week. Wallet, car keys, checkbook, glass case, cell phone, medication, makeup and every sort of female doo dad imaginable.  Telling a woman to go out without a purse is like telling a guy to put down the television remote.

I also know a lot of women in law enforcement.  In general, they tend to carry even bigger purses because in addition to the usual stuff, they're also toting some stuff that only cops carry. 

As to telling women to dump their purses, here's a reality check. 

It's just not going to happen!

Frankly, if crime is really so out of control in Oak Creek that women shouldn't carry purses, perhaps folks need to go shopping in Franklin.  

Purse snatching can happen anywhere.  As a matter of fact, a good friend of mine was victimized in Shorewood about a year ago.  Still, she didn't stop carrying her purse - she was just more conscious of not leaving it unattended.

Be aware of your surroundings and always be on guard!  That's good, practical advice.

Leave your purse at home?  That's just silly.