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Violence Prevention: Mugging

Muggers are looking for a quick buck and an easy target. Be aware of the possibility of muggers in any public venue. Never show off that you are carrying large amounts of cash or expensive personal items. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. As with many types of criminals, a mugger is looking for the element of surprise. Walk with your shoulders back and move quickly and deliberately. Your behavior can have a lot to do with whether or not you are the victim of a mugging.

  If you carry a purse, make sure it is zipped at all times. Never give anyone the chance to see what items you are carrying with you. If you carry a wallet, keep it in your front pocket. Try not to have so many items in your wallet that it bulges out and looks as if there may be a lot of money inside.

When withdraw money from an ATM, always remember that you may be at risk. This scenario provides a prime opportunity for any mugger to get a large amount of cash with a single victim. Before using the ATM, take a look around to be sure that

you are not being watched. If you suspect you are not alone, leave immediately and withdraw money another time. After you have finished a transaction at any ATM, leave right away. Don't take your time while standing in front of the machine. This gives muggers a perfect chance to sneak up behind you.

Robbery

A robbery at home can be a very scary and demoralizing experience. It can cause you to feel violated and not secure inside your own house. It can also be a potentially life threatening experience if the robber happens to still be there when you get home or, wakes you up while he is burglarizing your home. The best way to avoid a potential confrontation like this is robbery prevention- that is, stop the robber from even entering your home in the first place. To help avoid a home invasion, always keep every door and window locked. Do not make it easy for an intruder to break in. Turn on lights both inside and outside of the house. A robber is looking for the cover of darkness - do not provide it. Try putting up a sign that indicates you have an alarm of security system, or even a dog that may alert you to a stranger.

There are various violence prevention programs that you can start to help avoid robberies. Talk to your neighbors and establish a Neighborhood Watch. Put up signs that indicate that the people on your block have a watch program and are looking out for each other. Work with your local police department for help with meetings and patrolling your community. Initiate youth programs to give young people something positive to do with their time. A youth with nothing to do is more likely to become involved in crime than one who has extracurricular activities.

Violent crime can infiltrate anyone's life at any time, but when you are careful and take the right precautions you are able to greatly reduce that risk. Read more articles on violence prevention to stay informed, and work with the members of your community and police department to help ensure that you and the people you love remain safe.