How to avoid be­ing mugged

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

UN­FOR­TU­NATELY, mug­gings are one of the com­mon crimes that un­aware peo­ple fall prey to in streets and shop­ping malls.

The fol­low­ing are some of the sim­ple mea­sures that you can take to pre­vent be­ing robbed. Look around you and be aware of your sur­round­ings. Re­mem­ber, an area is not safe just be­cause you are fa­mil­iar with it. 1 If you are wait­ing to be col­lected, don’t wait out­side. Al­ways try to wait in­side a build­ing. 2 Walk around assertively and con­fi­dently. Al­ways try to make eye con­tact with peo­ple round you. 3 Carry your bag around your neck and di­ag­o­nally across your body. Don’t carry it hang­ing over one shoul­der. Al­ter­na­tively, clutch your bag and keep it in front of you. 4 Put your wal­let in an in­side coat or the pocket of your front pants, not a back pocket. 5 Walk in well-lit busy streets and walk

in a group, if pos­si­ble. 6 If you know or sus­pect that a pedes­trian is fol­low­ing you, go to the near­est well-lit or busy area and call the po­lice. 7 If a ve­hi­cle fol­lows you, never try to out­run it. Turn and walk in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. Yell or shout, if pos­si­ble. 8 Carry money or phone cards for emer

gency phone calls. 9 Hide your cell­phone and don’t walk around talk­ing on a cell­phone, as it will dis­tract you from what is go­ing on around you. 10 Avoid go­ing out un­nec­es­sar­ily af­ter

hours. 11 Avoid short cuts through de­serted

ar­eas.

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