What to do in case of an armed robbery

2c566-los-premios-valencia-se-abren-por-primera-vez-a-la-novela-negraAccording to statistics, 70.97% of the 6,834.12 robberies per 100,000 inhabitants that occur in Venezuela involve firearms and usually occur between 12 at noon and 7 pm.

Parents should talk to their children about this issue. “The first requirement to be the victim of a robbery is to think it’s not going to happen to you, life isn’t worth the cost of a cell phone or a car,” says a known Venezuelan criminalist.

Robbery is usually a violent crime in which a criminal seeks to obtain an object under death threat. In that moment, it’s important to let the subject know he’s in control of the situation.

Raising your hands is the first thing you should do when you’re victim of a robbery; it is the international sign of submission and the criminal won’t interpret it as a threat.

People should stay calm during a robbery and understand something dangerous is going on. Follow the perpetrator’s directions and do not resist because there’s a fine line between an armed robbery and murder.

Avoid making eye contact with the criminal; he could interpret it as an attempt to identify him.

A frequent mistake is to try to follow the perpetrator after the robbery; this usually ends up in tragedy for the victim. Stay alert and file a police report as soon as possible.

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