CTA Crimes personal safety tips strong arm robbery

3 Things you can do to attract a robber.

CTA Fullerton "L" Station_ by davidwilson 1949
CTA Fullerton “L” Station_ by davidwilson 1949

What is the best way to attract the attention of robbers when going to or from work or school in the city?

It’s really very simple, just follow these 3 simple rules.

1. Walk down the sidewalk, stand on L platforms or at bus-stops and focus all your attention on your smartphone or tablet.

2. Don’t look up to see if anyone is sizing you up to be their next victim.

3. Limit your ability to hear someone coming up from behind you by wearing headphones or earbuds.

If you follow these rules you have a good chance of ending up like the robbery victims in the recent Chicago Sun-Times article below.

Chicago Police are warning people who walk or commute in the Loop about a series of recent robberies on sidewalks and CTA platforms.

The suspects walk up to victims from behind and rip their cellphones or headphones away, sometimes using force, according to a community alert from Area Central detectives.

The robberies happened:

about 1:30 a.m. March 6 in the 0-100 block of East Randolph;
about 7:30 p.m. March 17 in the 100 block of North State;
about 10:15 p.m. March 31 in the 0-100 block of South Wabash;
about 9:25 p.m. April 1 in the 0-100 block of East Lake;
about 9:35 p.m. April 1 in the 0-100 block of South Dearborn; and
about 11:40 a.m. April 4 in the 100 block of North Wabash.

The suspects, described as black males between 10 and 23, work in a group or individually, police said.

Anyone with information should call detectives at (312) 747-8384.

Based on the limited reporting I have read it doesn’t appear that anyone was hurt during the robberies, but why take the risk of losing your property and being seriously injured?

For more articles related to strong arm robberies and how to avoid being targeted click here

Awareness is the Key to your Safety!

Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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