How to avoid being mugged

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

  • If you are waiting to be collected, don’t wait outside. Always try to wait inside a building
  • Walk around assertively and confidently. You must always try to make eye contact with the people around you
  • Carry your bag around your neck and diagonally across your body. Don’t carry it hanging over one shoulder. Alternatively, clutch your bag your bag and keep it in front of you
  • Put your wallet in an inside coat or the pocket of your front pants, not a back pocket.
  • Walk in well-lit busy streets and walk in a group, if possible
  • If you know or suspect that a pedestrian is following you, go to the nearest well-lit or busy area and call the police
  • If a vehicle follows you, never try to outrun it. Turn and walk in the opposite direction. React by yelling or shouting, if possible
  • Carry money or phone cards for emergency phone calls
  • Hide your cellphone and don’t walk around talking on a cellphone, as it will distract you from what is going on around you
  • Avoid going out unnecessarily after hours
  • Avoid taking short cuts through deserted areas such as parks, empty areas and passages

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