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Updated 06 September 2013

Staying 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 house keys on you, as well as something that indicated your home address, you might have to change all your locks.

How afraid are you of falling victim to crime in SA?

 
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