Originally Posted by mr.loverman
That's scary. I almost got mugged once overseas. Gave a coin to a bum. Turned away and the dude whistled and a bunch of scary guys on horseback started converging on my friends and I. We hopped in a cab real fast.
WTF? Was this in Somalia or something?
Originally Posted by Chiaroscuro
Ive been in 3 attempted muggings, 2 of which involved multiple teenage attackers. In all 3 cases my situational awareness and not showing any fear, have kept me from actually getting mugged.
This is probably the single best tool for preventing a mugging. A few months ago I pulled an all-nighter and my downtown office and left walking through the streets to where i park in a bad part of town at 4AM. Walking down the deserted street I walked past a bum who was going in the other direction, but did a 180 when he saw me in a suit and trailed me for about a block. I just kept walking confidently but quickly and occasionally looked back once or twice to let him know I knew he was there and he wasn't going to be able to surprise me. Soon as I got around the corner, I bolted for my car and got the hell out of there.