Robbery is one of the most common crimes in New York City. Tourists and locals experience mugging every day. According to New York City's lawyers and Bern Ripka LLP, the municipal’s robbery rate increased by 2.1% in 2015, with most recorded crimes coming from Manhattan and the Bronx.
Stay safe from muggers by keeping the following things in mind.
While on the Streets…
Avoid Suspicious Looking People.
You find a person suspicious because you feel strange and/or scared around him. Trust your gut and avoid them by taking another route. Don’t take the risk of walking past them. It’s better to avoid them at all costs.
Put Your Phone Away.
Some people think that texting or calling while walking keeps muggers away. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. Keeping yourself busy with a device gives them the impression that you’re not aware of your surroundings thus giving them the opportunity to rob you. Don’t wear headphones, either.
Confidence conceals fear and this is one of the best ways to obstruct a mugger. Don’t let him sense your vulnerability. Instead, stand tall, walk straight, and make him feel that you’re the one in control.
If you already feel threatened…
Go Inside an Establishment.
Keep yourself safe by going inside a store, preferably one with a surveillance camera. If there isn’t any, a public stall like a hotdog or newspaper stand will do. Watch the person you think is following you and call for help if he lingers around.
Pause and do something like tying your shoe or acting like you’re waiting for someone. Check if the potential mugger pauses as well; if he does, you may need to call for help.
Cross the Street.
Cross the street and take a different route, preferably one that has lots of people. Keep your potential mugger distracted and if possible, walk your way to a police station.
Getting mugged isn’t as simple as losing a possession. People get hurt or even killed from robbery, too. Always stay alert to keep yourself safe from this kind of people.