How To Avoid Being Mugged

Posted: March 6, 2012 in Survival
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Criminals look for easy targets when it comes to mugging.  They would rather try and take $50.00 from someone who is an easy victim then $200.00 from someone who is a hard target.  The following are some methods to avoid being a victim of a mugging.

  • Do not look and act like a victim.  Meaning do not walk with your head down, do not walk with your earbuds on listening to music and do not act afraid.
  • Look for mugging indicators such as someone coming towards you from the opposite direction and as you move left they parallel your movement, as you move right they once again parallel your movement; once they are even with you the mugging begins.
  • Another mugging indicator is two people coming toward you who split so that one approaches you from the left, the other from the right, forcing you to walk between them in the middle.  Once they reach you this is prime mugging positioning.
  • Avoid letting anyone into your personal space.  If they are too close it is a dangerous situation.
  • Maintain situational awareness at all times.  If you sense danger do not dismiss the feeling but listen to it. Cross the street if you need to or go inside a busy store but if you feel in danger react accordingly.
  • When rounding the corner of a building, or a parked car, or an alley leave at least 10 feet between you and these objects.  Muggers will often hide there waiting for someone to pass close by.


  1. Awesome post! You have outlined much of what My mom taught me as a child. A victim does indeed broadcast that air of victimhood and a mugger will go after them before someone who is confident. My moms advice was sound, no matter where you go, carry yourself like you belong there!

  2. rmactsc says:

    Thank you. Your mom sounds like a very smart lady.

  3. Clear and sound advice.

  4. Very useful tips here, nice post.

  5. rmactsc says:

    Thank you russellproject.

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