A recent report published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that the rate of robbery in Australia continues to decrease at an average of 11%, including both armed and unarmed robbery cases. While this is a good sign, people should never be complacent and should be responsible for their own safety, as crimes may occur anytime.
Robbery is relatively common in cases of blue collar crimes, Timpano Legal says. It often occurs in residential properties and may take only less than 10 minutes. Some burglaries that occur in public premises are done in 3 minutes or less. So, what can you do to protect yourself?
When robbers enter your home, there are ways to lessen the risk and ensure safety for you and your family.
- Establishing a “safe room” is the first thing you can do; it will protect you and your family at the first sign of intrusion and will buy you time to call for help or plan your exit.
- Make sure to have a telephone or mobile phone in the safe room that you can use to call the police, a neighbour, or a relative for help.
- Make sure your safe room has a deadbolt lock to keep the robbers or intruders out for a considerable period.
- If these professional burglars manage to get into the room, make sure you have an alternative exit, such as a back window.
- Once you’re outside, make noise so your neighbours will wake up or notice the commotion, especially if the criminals are after you and not your belongings.
In Public Places
In public places, the most prevalent scenarios are thefts and mugging. By being cautious and doing some preventive moves, you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
- Always walk in well-lighted streets; if possible, walk with a group of people who are also heading in the same direction as you.
- Avoid walking alone in secluded areas, such as vacant lots and dark, deserted alleys. These are the most common target places of robbers. Be alert and always observe your surroundings.
- Trust your instincts. If somebody makes you feel uneasy, distance yourself from the person or avoid him altogether.
- If you will travel alone, don’t carry a large amount of money. If you are confronted by a criminal, don’t resist and give what they ask for.
- Don’t act like a hero and wrestle with the criminal or attempt to “arrest” him yourself. Instead, notify the police as soon as you can.
- Don’t make any sudden movement. A nervous criminal is trigger-happy; he might assume you are getting a weapon and end up harming you.
These measures are most effective in lessening your risk of harm when a burglary happens in your home or outside. Keep in mind that your life is more valuable than any of your belongings.