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Oct 17

Robbery Prevention Tips for Individuals

Posted on October 17, 2016 at 7:54 AM by Communications Department

Avoid Being a Victim 

The internet has become a great platform to purchase items and to meet new people. Unfortunately it has also created a breeding ground for criminals looking for a quick way to scam and rob innocent people. Criminals sometimes turn to Craigslist, Offerup, or other social transaction forums to find their victims. There have been incidents of people who used online platforms to sell items and were robbed when they met the potential buyers. crime-scene-1259943_1280_SC

To avoid becoming a victim of a robbery or worse, members of the public are urged to arrange meetings with online vendors in public places that are well lit, such as local police departments. When you report a robbery it is seen as a potentially life threatening incident and will get the highest priority. Personal robbery prevention can be summed up by a list of common sense tips.
  • Stay tuned in to your surroundings and be aware of what is happening around you. 
  • Walk briskly and confidently. Give an appearance of “don’t mess with me”. 
  • Avoid going to ATM machines after dark. 
  • Don’t flash large sums of cash, jewelry or other expensive items. They attract unwanted attention and may give a potential robber his or her target. 
  • Avoid isolated areas, short cuts and deserted parking lots. 
  • Don’t be afraid to call the police if you suspect you are being followed. It could be the prelude to a robbery. 
  • If you are the victim of a robbery follow the instructions of the robber.  Do not argue or attempt to fight with your assailant. 
  • Try to remember what the robber looks like, what he/she was wearing and call the police as quickly as possible.