The best way to protect yourself from robbery or street theft is to try to remain inconspicuous. Stay in groups if possible, walk in well-lit areas, and pay attention to your surroundings. Criminals tend to look for “easy prey” and avoid people who look confident and prepared. Here are some general points and helpful advice to keep you safe.
How to avoid being robbed
1. Don’t look like an easy target Criminals will try to pick somone who will provide the least resistance. If you look like you know where you are going, walk with a determined step with head held up and eyes alert. You are more likely be left alone as you will appear confident.
2. Keep your mobile phone and valuables out of sight Cover up jewellery, watches and if possible wear handbags/ man bags across your body. Be careful wearing headphones and using your phone when walking in the street.
3. Remain alert Always observe the people around you. Keep an eye on who is walking behind and in front of you. Criminals use a number of tactics to distract and get close to with conversations -“have you a light ? “, or “have you the time? It is better to be distant and just reply “No “ to any question asked.
4. Trust your instincts Look out for suspicious persons, vehicles and especially motor bikes waiting in the street. If you sense trouble, get away from it as soon as possible.
5. Walk in well-lit areas If possible, do not walk alone. Know who is walking behind and in front of you. If you are suspicious of somebody behind you cross the road and maintain a suitable safe distance.
6. Be aware of your surroundings Criminals will target potential victims at ATM cash points, train stations, bus terminals. So make sure to stay alert when approaching or leaving these locations. If you think you are being followed, go to a crowded area, main street with CCTV.
7. Do not carry large amounts of money. If you do carry money on a regular basis and visit banks or spend cash in shops, make sure not to count out money in front of others. If you use banks on a regular basis never use the same route. If you observe suspicious persons or activities, make sure you are in a place of safety and call the police immediately.
What to do if you have been a victim of a robbery
Knowing how to respond to a violent situation like street robbery requires split-second decision making and presence of mind – not always easy. However, we’ve compiled a list of things you should do if you become a victim. It’s important to never lose sight of the fact that your personal safety is the most important thing. Your belongings can be replaced but you can’t. So, when responding to a violent situation, please try to remember the following
- trust your instincts and if you think a situation becoming dangerous make sure to give the criminals your possessions.
- look for a way to stop the potential danger and distance yourself from the threat.
- retreat and find a place of safety such as a municipal building, police station, fire station, a building with security personnel.
- if you are able to call the police or ask somebody to make the call on your behalf.
- when appropriate cancel any stolen cards and contact mobile phone provider if necessary.
It’s important to never lose sight of the fact that your personal safety is the most important thing. Your belongings can be replaced but you can’t.
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