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While purse snatching is a
common crime facing women, strong-arm robbery
(hold-ups, muggings) is the most prevalent act
where men are generally the victims. By
observing the basic rules of "common
sense" your chances of being victimized are
greatly reduced. Since most strong-arm robberies
occur during the hours between sunset and
sunrise, the best rule to follow is simply to
stay inside at night.
However, to even consider being confined to a
secure area after the sun goes down is not only
impossible, it is also ridiculous. By observing
basic precautionary measures, chances of your
becoming a robbery victim are greatly reduced.
Here are some general rules to follow:
- Travel well lighted
streets. Avoid dark corners, alleys and
entrances to buildings. Always try to walk
on the side of the street nearest oncoming
- If you must travel at
night regularly, don't carry more than you
can afford to lose. One suggestion is to
carry a second wallet containing a few $1.00
bills and old credit cards, which are
normally destroyed or discarded. If
confronted at knife or gunpoint, give the
suspect the second wallet and concentrate on
a good physical description to give to the
- There's safety in
numbers! If possible, walk with a companion,
either male or female. An armed robber is
less likely to confront two or more, than a
- When waiting for a bus or
taxi, try to select a well-lighted area. Aim
for a busy stop where many people will be
coming and going.
- Don't hitchhike or accept
rides from strangers.
- Avoid taking shortcuts
through deserted areas such as parks,
playgrounds, vacant lots, etc.
- Be cautious entering your
car as someone may be hiding inside. Or,
when leaving your car, someone may be
waiting. Park in well lighted areas.
- Never carry weapons that
can be used against you.
- f someone asks
directions, keep a polite but maintain a
- If you are alone and
think you are being followed, head for an
occupied building such as a bar, restaurant,
gas station, fire station, etc. If none is
available, cross the street in the middle of
the block. If there is street vehicular
traffic, try to stop a car for help.
IF YOU ARE CONFRONTED . . . .
- DO NOT RESIST! Cooperate!
Give the criminal whatever he asks for:
wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards or
whatever. Your life is more valuable than
- Don't make any sudden,
unexpected moves. A nervous criminal may
think you are reaching for a concealed
- If the suspect claims he
has a gun, knife, razor or whatever in his
pocket, never try to force his bluff.
- Never try to be a hero
and apprehend the criminal yourself.
- Notify police as soon as
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