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27 February 2012

Stay alive during a mugging

South Africa has one of the highest levels of violent crime in the world – and all of us risk becoming a victim of mugging. What can you do if you are mugged?

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South Africa has one of the highest levels of violent crime in the world – and all of us risk becoming a victim of mugging. What can you do if you are mugged? And more importantly, how can you escape unharmed?

Take action:
If you're sure you're about to be mugged, throw your bag/wallet in one direction and run as fast as you can in the other; keep your wits about you and don't just scream and fight back; co-operate with the robbers’ instructions – resistance might just get you a knife between the ribs; don’t look the assailants in the face – it might make them think you are trying to remember what they look like for later identification; call the police as soon as the muggers have left the scene; check whether you have any injuries – if you do, get to a doctor as soon as you can; remember to cancel cards and cheques that might have been stolen; if you had housekeys on you, as well as something that indicated your home address, you might have to change all your locks.

 
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