Published by FUN MATES PRESS
While purse snatching is one of today's most common crimes
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:
1.Travel well-lighted streets. Avoid dark corners, alleys and
entrances to buildings. Always try to walk on the side of the
street nearest oncoming traffic.
2. 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 expired 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 police.
3. There is 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 lone individual.
4. When waiting for a bus or streetcar, try to select a
well-lighted area. Aim for a busy stop where many people will
be coming and going.
5. Don't hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.
6. Avoid taking shortcuts through deserted areas such as parks,
playgrounds, vacant lots, etc.
7. Be cautious entering your car - someone may be hiding inside.
Or, when leaving your car - someone may be waiting. Park in
8. Never carry weapons that can be used against you.
9. If someone asks directions, keep a polite but safe distance.
10. If you are alone and think you are being followed, head for
an occupied building such as a bar, restaurant, filling 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...
1. DO NOT RESIST! Cooperate! Give the criminal whatever he asks
for - wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards or whatever. Your
life is more valuable than replaceable possessions.
2. Don't make any sudden, unexpected moves. A nervous criminal
may think you are reaching for a concealed weapon.
3. If the suspect claims he has a gun, knife, razor or whatever
in his pocket, never try to force his bluff.
4. Never try to be a hero and apprehend the criminal yourself.
5. Notify police as soon as possible.