Robbery: Have you been robbed? at knife/gunpoint? Any safety strategies?

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    Aug 14, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    A 25yr old friend was attacked on the street, robbed of his wallet and phone...and then beaten enough to break his nose and give him black eyes.

    The attack was savage and also pretty damn bold. This area of Midtown Atlanta has plenty of pedestrians even at 11pm when this happened.
    So my friend felt safe walking in his neighborhood when the 4 young guys suddenly pounced on him....and put a gun to his head.

    IF my friend had had a gun on him I don't think he could have used it as this attack was a sudden surprise. The robbers would have run off with the gun as well.

    BUT any ideas on what can be done to protect yourself? Especially if you've had an experience.
  • commoncoll

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    Aug 14, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    Just give them the money.

    If there were plenty of pedestrians, no one called the police? No one helped?

    Also, don't walk in Midtown Atlanta near midnight.

    I hope your friend is doing better and not too traumatised.
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    Aug 14, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    I've never been robbed before, but I have been shot and almost killed. I can tell the story and how I survived if anyone is interested.
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    Aug 14, 2011 8:58 PM GMT
    PresentMind said... IF my friend had had a gun on him I don't think he could have used it as this attack was a sudden surprise. The robbers would have run off with the gun as well.
    This part needs to stand out. It's the reason I have no intention of packing heat.
    While I have been trained to disarm a person, that training does no good during a group surprise attack. It's best to just curl up in a ball, cover your face and neck, and give them what they want.

    Oh yeah, and I've been jumped by 7 guys (fag bashers). Once the excitement was over, two of them went to the hospital, and their truck had 00 buck shot in the bed of it (dammit I missed - which the cop scolded me for). icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 14, 2011 11:15 PM GMT
    In terms of weapons, there's more to it than just carrying a gun or a knife. You have to practice and train using either one till it becomes second nature, to the point where you don't even have to think to use it. But most people don't understand this, and often times wind up having their own weapon used against them.

    In terms of general safety, use common sense. It really pains me to see people wander around with their ipods on full blast and lost in their music. A ripe target for a beating. You have to walk around with the Fight Club mentality. If you see someone walking towards, you have to ask yourself.. Can I take this guy if he tries to jack me? If the answer is no, then look around you for escape routes. Or change your direction and walk a different way.

    One of my former co-workers was just walking on the sidewalk towards his friend's apartment. These two dudes walk past him. And then they turned around and jumped him. And he didn't do anything to provoke them.

    Also, another disturbing trend in some cities is flash mob beatings. Basically, a large group of people just rolling through the streets beating the shit out of anyone in their path. Fuck that.

    If you find yourself in a bad situation, do not allow yourself to go down. Get your ass up and run. Because once you hit the ground, all you can do is curl up, protect your head/face, and hope they hurry up. One minute getting kicked/punched seems like an eternity.

    Basically, you should never let your guard down. "It couldn't happen here or to me" is the wrong way of thinking. I posted these links in a different thread. Enjoy.

    http://www.wtvr.com/news/wtvr-youtube-beating-richmond-va-20110127,0,2641041.story
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/crime/5807665-418/streeterville-mob-beating-victim-it-just-happened-too-quick.html
    http://www.lbpost.com/news/greggory/12140