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NCJ Number: 64191 Find in a Library
Title: MUGGED
Corporate Author: Columbia Broadcasting System
United States of America
Project Director: L EDWARDS
Date Published: 1979
Sponsoring Agency: Columbia Broadcasting System
New York, NY 10019
MTI
Northbrook, IL 60062
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: MTI
3710 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN EXCERPT FROM THE '60 MINUTES' TELEVISION PROGRAM DESCRIBES THE EFFORTS OF A NEW YORK HOUSING AUTHORITY POLICE OFFICER TO EDUCATE SENIOR CITIZENS ON PERSONAL PROTECTION.
Abstract: THE OFFICER AND HIS 'TEAM' OF FORMER OFFENDERS PROVIDE WORKSHOPS WHICH EMPHASIZE TECHNIQUES FOR THE PREVENTION OF MUGGINGS AND THE PREVENTION OF INJURY IN THE EVENT OF A CRIME. THE POLICE ADVISE POTENTIAL VICTIMS TO LOOK INTO ELEVATORS AND LAUNDRY ROOMS BEFORE ENTERING AND TO MAINTAIN A SECURE GRIP ON PACKAGES AND HANDBAGS. ALTHOUGH VICTIMS SHOULD NOT RISK INJURY BY FIGHTING FOR THEIR PROPERTY, THE POLICE AND THE FORMER MUGGERS RECOMMEND TECHNIQUES OF BASIC SELF-DEFENSE WHICH CAN BE USED TO DETER AN ASSAULT. BECAUSE 90 PERCENT OF ALL MUGGERS ONLY WANT VICTIM'S PROPERTY AND ARE NOT TRYING TO HARM THE VICTIM, BY USING A MINIMUM AMOUNT OF RESISTANCE OR BY SHOUTING AND ATTRACTING ATTENTION, VICTIMS SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. THE POLICE SUGGESTIONS INCLUDE HAVING VICTIMS SHOUT, 'FIRE!' RATHER THAN MERELY, 'HELP!' BECAUSE HEARERS WILL BE MORE LIKELY TO RESPOND WHEN THEY THINK THAT THEY MIGHT ALSO BE IN DANGER. ALTHOUGH THE FORMER OFFENDERS FEEL THAT SUCH SUGGESTIONS COULD BE EFFECTIVE, MANY PSYCHOLOGISTS NOTE THAT VICTIMS OF CRIMES TEND TO 'FREEZE' DURING A MUGGING AND DO NOT REMEMBER OR ACT UPON POLICE RECOMMENDATIONS. (TWK)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Crime prevention measures; Fear of crime; Mugging; New York; Older Adults (65+); Personal Security/Self Protection; Self defense
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