world news How can we stay safe against the rise of moped crime?
On Monday comedian Michael McIntyre grew to become one of many newest victims of moped crime when he was robbed by males whereas parked exterior his youngsters’s north London faculty.
On the identical day a 24-year-old woman was hospitalised after moped robbers punched her to the bottom in a bid to steal her telephone.
The variety of offences carried out utilizing mopeds within the capital leapt from 827 offences in 2012 to more than 23,000 in 2017.
So, how can we shield ourselves from such assaults?
Kirsty Henderson is the director of Private Security London – an organization that gives private security and self defence coaching.
Get off your telephone
The very first thing she advises is to not use telephones when on the transfer – this consists of taking out headphones.
Listening to music or podcasts reduces spatial consciousness and makes folks extra more likely to be caught off guard, she says.
“It means you’re in a bubble.”
She additionally warns in opposition to taking calls or checking social media.
If you must take a name or test one thing in your telephone it’s best to pop into a store or cafe, she advises.
“Plenty of folks see their route residence from work as a time to chill out however it’s a time you ought to be vigilant – travelling is if you find yourself at most danger,” she says.
The Met Police additionally say utilizing hands-free units may stop theft. Officers advise sticking to well-lit streets and paths which usually tend to be coated by CCTV.
Most sports activities retailers promote operating belts and Ms Henderson says these may be helpful for safeguarding valuables.
As a substitute of preserving mobiles, bank cards or keys in a purse, they are often stored safely hidden from sight.
She additionally says it’s good follow to unfold out private belongings, as an example preserving a telephone in a bag, and preserving keys in a coat pocket and cash card in a trouser pocket.
That manner in case your bag is stolen you will not lose every part directly.
Some gadgets, corresponding to laptops, can be tough to slot in a sports activities belt however there are different methods you possibly can scale back the chance of theft.
One piece of recommendation Ms Henderson gives is to retailer a laptop computer, not in a laptop computer bag however in a sports activities bag or perhaps a plastic bag.
“The important thing factor is to not entice consideration,” she says.
Even draping a jacket over the merchandise may cease the laptop computer from attracting the eye of potential thieves.
If somebody is fearful she suggests holding the bag on the constructing facet moderately than the highway facet of the road, and if potential preserving away from the kerb.
In case of hazard having the ability to transfer simply is essential.
Folks ought to keep away from sporting heels to and from work, and as a substitute spend money on some roll-up flats for the commute, advises Ms Henderson.
In the end, she warns folks in opposition to making an attempt to battle the attackers to get again their belonging.
Precious gadgets may be changed, she says, however bodily interactions can “actually shake folks up”.
“PTSD (submit traumatic stress dysfunction) can final a very long time,” she provides.
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