A student attending a WJ Parkour workshop was mugged on their
way home on Sunday.
Obviously Parkour workshops attract many people who are prime
targets for this kind of crime. While we realise that's it's
impossible to stamp out these horrible events occuring, the
following steps maybe useful in diminishing your chances of
becoming a victim.
of offenders are male and 80% of victims are also male
majority of robberies are committed by offenders working
peak age for offenders is 16
peak time for theft of mobiles belonging to people under
the age of 18 is between 2pm and 10pm
over 18s the peak time for theft is between 10pm and 6am
mobile phone is stolen around every three minutes in the
HOW TO STAY SAFE ON THE STREETS
Article courtesy of the BBC.
Anyone can become a victim of street crime but there are ways
to reduce your chances of becoming the next target.
Although anyone can become a target for muggers, some are
more likely to become victims than others.
Street robbers have identified students as particularly easy
targets as they often have expensive equipment such as laptops,
mini-disk players, i-pods and mobile phones.
Students are often not from the local area so are unfamiliar
with their surroundings and muggers view them as being particularly
easy to intimidate.
Street robbers admit to weighing up the possible gains to
be made from any target against the risk of being caught or
Whoever you are, the chances of becoming the next victim of
mugging can be reduced by following some simple guidelines.
Best foot forward
Appearing confident is one of the best ways of staying safe
when out and about on foot.
It's a fact that confident people are less likely to be mugged
or assaulted, so when you're walking alone try to look alert
and walk tall.
Of course, the secret to being confident is feeling safe in
the first place. So be aware of your surroundings, plan where
you're going and how you're going to get there.
It's also worth letting other people know where you're going
and when you expect to get back - if you change your plans
remember to let them know.
If you're planning any journey on foot, even just a short
walk, plan your route in advance so that that you don't appear
Carry a mobile phone with you, and have useful numbers programmed
into your phone for speedy access.
Carry a personal attack alarm. Again, having one with you
will make you feel that bit more confident.
Stick to busy, well-lit places. Avoid underpasses or shortcuts
unless the lighting is good and you're confident they're safe.
If you can, avoid walking alone at night, especially in unfamiliar
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are easy to move in.
Carry your bag slung across your body with any zips or openings
on the inside.
If you think you're being followed on foot, cross a road and
If you still think you're being followed make for somewhere
busy and well lit. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
We all appreciate the convenient cash machine as a source
of money, but unfortunately some thieves think the same way.
avoid losing your money at a cash point, the following precautions
It may seem like common sense, but never write down your personal
identification number (PIN), and if you are distracted at
the cash point, cancel the transaction and leave - someone
may have seen your PIN or be trying to create an opportunity
to try to steal your money.
not let anyone see you input your PIN, and if you are
interrupted or distracted by anyone when using a cash
machine, cancel the transaction and try to recover the
if your card is not returned by the cash machine, report it
to your card issuer immediately.
Mobile phones can be incredibly useful when out alone, to
let others know your whereabouts and for your own peace of
Unfortunately they are also an easy target for street robbers
- 38% of all robberies involve the theft of a mobile.
Inspector Daryl Chadwick has some advice to help keep your
"If you need to use a mobile phone in public, don't switch
off. Be aware of what you are doing and if possible, keep
your mobile concealed at all times."
Sources of help and support
Support - 0845 30 30 900 - www.victimsupport.org.uk
Victim Support helps people cope with the effects of crime.
There are separate advice sections for people living in England
and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Crimestoppers is an independent UK-wide charity working to
stop crime. You can call them anonymously.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust - www.suzylamplugh.org
After her daughter Suzy disappeared in 1986, Diana Lamplugh
founded this personal safety trust. It offers advice to children
and adults to help them stay safe and recognise potentially
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