This is the time of year when more money circulates through the streets, between the bonds, the thirteenth month and the fact that no discounts are made in wages in December, Panamanians have a purchasing power greater than the one they regularly have. This leads them to visit stores to make their purchases of the season. The problem is that most carries cash and that makes them attractive to thieves who swarm the malls and are watching to see who is neglected.
We have often been told that we must be extremely careful with our belongings. Do not open the wallet in public, don’t take out money in places where anyone can observe, take care of our packages and we especially should try not to take children when we go shopping, because taking care of children neglects us to be caring for our purse and packages.
Even when all stores and malls have security personnel we are primarily responsible for our own safety. Those are simple steps we can take and we would avoid future headaches.