LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Two recent purse snatching incidents in the Las Vegas area have caught Metro's attention and they hope the public is listening and watching closely.
A video clip released by authorities mainly shows a brightly lit sidewalk entrance. It appears like daylight, in front of a hotel casino property off West flamingo.
A suspect targets an older woman and grabs her purse. The woman falls to the ground.
Not everyone has to be an easy target, says Lance Parvin, who is with the non-profit the Cultural Arts Training Foundation.
"Situational awareness. We try to tell everyone that whether it's a young child or someone older, be aware of your surroundings, don't have your head buried in your phone," Parvin said.
The message of self-awareness is something he passes along to his students of various martial arts and self-defense classes. He says is it also important to be aware with about how a purse is held because how is it held could determine how a thief might approach you.
“Whatever is comfortable, in reality, someone shouldn't have to forfeit comfort for security, carry it buried around like its buried deep,” Parvin said. “Just be aware of how it is.”
He also says to be aware of what or who is in front of you.
If that stranger goes for a personal item, he and police say let it go so you can go safely. However if someone makes the personal decision to use self-defense, it's best to be aware of what to do.
Parvin suggests using simple martial arts.