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Robbery Trends On The Rise

Sep 23, 2022 Safety & Security

Learn how thieves are using Jugging and Bait & Switch to take your cash and the steps to prevent becoming a victim.

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In order to stay safe and avoid becoming a victim, it’s important to be aware of what’s happening around you. We’ve seen a rise in two robbery trends — one targets those visiting financial institutions and the other takes advantage of those willing to help others in need.

What You Need To Know

The term “jugging” is new and may be unfamiliar to you, but it’s a type of crime that’s been around for quite some time. Criminals, often working in teams, will stake out financial institutions or ATMs and wait for potential victims to withdraw cash. Once the victim has the cash in hand, the robber will take the money from them or break into their car — most often after they’ve followed the victim to a new location.

Another trick thieves use is referred to as “bait and switch”. This happens when a suspect acts as if they’re in distress and asks for a ride as you leave a financial institution or ATM. While you’re driving them, their partner will follow you, and both will rob you once you arrive at the destination. They’ll take your money and often attempt to take your vehicle as well.

Stay Alert

To guard against these schemes, it’s important to:

If you’re approached outside of a financial institution:

If for any reason you think you’re being targeted or followed, call 911, keep the dispatcher on the line, and keep driving until a marked police car finds you. You can also drive to the nearest police, fire, or medic station.

Summary

The best thing you can do to keep you and your money safe is to not be distracted and remember to follow the tips above. However, if all else fails and you are attacked, give them what they want. Your safety is worth more than what they’re attempting to steal.

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