Defense Against Crime

18/05/2012

College Student Gets Robbed

Filed under: College Safety Information,Crime Prevention — peppereyes @ 9:15 AM
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Last week a student at one of the local college was robbed early one morning by a man with a knife. Here are the facts as I know them.

  • The robbery occurred around 2 a.m. on downtown not far from campus
  • According to the incident report, the victim was walking home when what the victim describes as a homeless person asked him for money. When the student pulled out his wallet to show the man he did not have any cash, he saw the suspect begin to pull a knife out of the jacket he was wearing.
  • After noticing the knife, the victim says he gave his wallet to the man and ran off.

The robbery suspect was described as a African-American male wearing blue jeans and a dark jacket. He is approximately 5’09” – 5’10”, weighing between 150 and 160 pounds, in his late 20’s to early 30’s, and has scruffy facial hair.

Anyone with information on the suspect can call Charleston Police at 577-7434 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

OK…so what can we learn from this? What did the student do right, what did he do wrong?

Here are some campus safety tips.

  1. STAY ALERT..and trust your gut feelings.
  2. Don’t assume just because you are a male that you won’t get robbed
  3. It is a very bad idea to walk around campus at 2AM ALONE. There is safety in numbers
  4. When you are out walking, with a purpose, and don’t stop to talk to strangers.
  5. Don’t be distracted by your cell phone, stay alert.
  6. Don’t wear anything that suggest wealth such as flashy jewelry, expensive sneakers, or designers clothing
  7. Have an escape plan in mind, if you think you are being followed find the nearest safe public place with lots of people.
  8. Most campuses have instant call boxes that can alert Campus police of trouble, use it if you don’t feel safe.
  9. Carry something, pepper spray, a stun gun or a big stick.

What he did that was right…dropped the wallet and ran.

No Amount of money is worth your life of injury. If you can’t get away or can’t defend yourself and a robber demands your money, throw the wallet or purse away from you. They want the money, and while they are distracted..GET AWAY. Then get to a safe place and call the police. Do not follow or chase the robber. But of course of you do have pepper spray, and can safely use to give the robber a bad memory. Then please do.

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