With the holidays fast-approaching, Kent and Queen Anne’s County authorities have issued their annual warning about purse-snatchers. Police say thieves target women carrying pocketbooks and know that shoppers are distracted during the holidays and become less careful. Women are advised to keep their purses close to their body and to shorten any long straps. They should avoid using a large purse, carry only the credit cards they intend to use and not carry large amounts of cash. They also should use ATMs wisely and not be afraid to yell for help if threatened.