Personal Safety: Spot and Avoid Potential Trouble and Responding to a Confrontation

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” February 2018 provided general safety tips. We conclude our 3-post series with how to Spot and Avoid Potential Trouble and Responding to a Confrontation.

“SPOT AND AVOID POTENTIAL TROUBLE”

  • Be aware of your surroundings and know who is nearby.
  • Pay attention to the uncomfortable feelings that often warn us of potential danger.
  • Do not be afraid to cross the street, return to a business, or ask for help based on a “funny feeling”. You may be right!”

“RESPONDING TO A CONFRONTATION”

  • If a robber grabs your bag, resist the impulse to play tug of war. If you hang on, chances are you will be knocked down, hit or kicked and the robber will get your bag anyway.
  • Victims sometimes tell a robber they have no money. This technique may backfire. It is safer to give up a few dollars. Carry a little money in an accessible place for just this purpose. Keep it separate from other funds.
  • If someone demands your property and displays or implies in any way that they have a weapon, hand the bag or wallet to them.”

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