Robberies, Muggings and Hold-Ups
What to do?
- Don't panic; stay calm.
- Cooperate with the robber-the
chances of getting injured increase if you resist; if he has
a gun or knife you are obviously at the disadvantage.
- Remember the robber's complete
description: to do this best compare the robber's features,
size, hair and build to your own or someone you know. This
will aid you to remember better. Memorize anything unusual
such as a tattoo, scar, etc. Remember to describe the weapon
the robber used. What is needed by police?
Age, Race, Height, Weight,
Type and Color of Clothes and Build.
- Observe the direction the
robber takes when fleeing; try to note if he gets into a car
and its direction of travel and description.
Call police immediately
and give the report: A robbery has occurred at ____________,
the person doing it is (give robber's description) and he
(or she, or they) fled in the direction of____________.
- Wait for police to arrive; do
not discuss the crime with anyone else until the police are
finished talking to you.
- Don't trust your memory: write
down everything you can remember about the robber (a sample
form is attached).
- Keep a record of everything
that was stolen.
- Don't allow anyone to touch
the crime scene and remember to tell the police about
anything the robber touched. Disturb nothing at the crime
- Most Important: Be
willing to testify against the robber. Do not hesitate to
bring charges against the criminal. If you witness a robbery
or mugging be willing to appear at a hearing and trial to
convict the guilty person of the crime. The robber cannot be
penalized if you are not willing to help the police and be
involved-for yourself and all other citizens.
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For more information, contact the Office of
State Senator Vincent J. Fumo.
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Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
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