This is the taking or attempting to take something of value by force or threat of force or by putting the victim in fear.
Robbery against the person remains low in Humberside, however the experience of being robbed can be very distressing. Humberside Police are committed to bringing offenders to justice with detectives investigating incidents thoroughly.
To reduce the chance of being targeted by robbers you can take the following steps:
- Try not to walk alone at night, but if you do try to stick to busy well lit roads instead of less used shortcuts or cycle tracks.
- Where possible don’t use your mobile phone or other personal gadgets like MP3 players in dark secluded locations. These may be tempting targets for thieves especially if they are newer models.
- When using cash machines be vigilant of what is around you and ensure the ATM does not have any suspicious devises fitted to them. Always hide your PIN from view.(see the ATM user section for more information)
- Don’t carry large amounts of money with you.
- If you think you are being followed by an offender head towards populated areas and never towards somewhere remote. .
Handbags and there contents can also be a target for thieves especially those carried by the elderly who can be perceived as an easy target. To reduce the chance of being a victim:
- Keep your handbag closed and fastened.
- Where possible hold hand bags close to your body and tucked firmly under your arm.
- While out with your handbag avoid leaving it unattended even in a shopping trolley.
- If someone knocks/bumps into you, check they haven’t taken your purse out of your bag or pocket.
- If someone attempts to steal your bag don’t put yourself at risk of injury as property is not worth risking your safety for. Try to remain calm and get a good description of any offenders for the police.