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Questions about armed robbery [Jun. 24th, 2007|10:43 pm]
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Hey I have a couple questions about one of the most feared crimes, a street mugging.

1) Is there any data out there about what percentage of muggings are commited by gang members as opposed to independent rogue criminals?

2) Is there any data about what percentage of muggings are commited by 1 person vs. 2 or more people?

3) Any data out there about what percentage of armed robberies end in gun shots or beatings even when the victim was compliant?

4) If you are held up on the street, what do police recommend you should you do? Should you scream loudly to attract attention? Do you run after throwing down your wallet? Slowly back away? Does the mugger usually take off running?

I realize that there may be no hard stats on most of this, but even if you can give me youre own personal guess or hypothesis, it would be really helpful!

[User Picture]From: thecoldacre
2007-06-25 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'd say all of those statistics would vary greatly depending on what area you're looking at (country/state/city/neighborhood?). I'd suggest contacting your local police service, they would probably be your best bet.
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[User Picture]From: gladeofheaven
2007-06-26 12:09 pm (UTC)
Ok, I have no stats, I wouldnt even call it a hypothesis but my guess would be:

1) I would think that most of it would not be gang activity. I cant see planned gang muggings being all that comman, although they could be people acting independently who happened to also be members of gangs.

2) I have no idea lol.

3) I would think that the number is very very small. I wouldnt think it would be that high whether the victim was compliant or not, and especially not if there is compliance.

4) Personally, I would give them what they asked for then try and get away. If they looked like they were going to hurt me then I'd scream (and set off my personal alarm) and try and get away.

I agree that it will vary with area, I'm the UK by the way. I'd go for googling key terms and see what comes up :)
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