Avoid getting mugged in Pretoria

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Getting mugged is something one cannot prepare for. There are however precautions one can take to decrease the chances of becoming a victim.

Centurion police have warned residents to therefore be wary of certain known crime hotspots.

In Erasmia, hitchhikers and speedsters were the police’s biggest challenge, according to Constable Tumisang Moloto.

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The most reported crime in the Wierdabrug policing area was the smash-and-grab, said spokesperson Captain Agnes Huma.

“The current hotspots are major shopping centres in the CBD,” said Lyttelton police spokesman Captain Dave Miller.

The following tips were provided against muggings:

– Walk in the centre of the road.

– Avoid walking alone, rather walk in a group. Muggers are more likely to target individuals than a group.

– Avoid wearing expensive clothes and/or jewellery as they attract potential muggers.

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– If you are suspicious of someone approaching you, do not stop to fight or argue. Run as fast as you can and make as much noise as possible.

– Walk in a well-lit area. Most muggings happen in dark spots.

– Walk with confidence. The more confident you seem, the less of a target you are.

– If you are mugged, consider defending yourself if you have the skills or a weapon. Pepper spray can be an effective hindrance and can be easily carried.

– If you are mugged at gunpoint, keep calm and give them whatever they want.

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