A Barbarian’s Guide on How to Survive a Mugging

Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!

It is no secret that times are difficult now. With COVID happening, everyone is having a tough time making ends meet. Like me, some are trying their best to deal with what is happening. If you are comfortable now while reading this, then congratulations! But the reality of the situation is, not everyone is as fortunate as you. Some turned to all sorts of stuff out of desperation and, believe me when I say I am familiar with the feeling. 

I have been fortunate enough to survive a few mugging from before, three muggings to be exact. It happened way before a pandemic ruining everything. If matters are already troublesome then, I cannot grasp how tough it is now. People are desperate, and when they are – they will do anything. Not that I am condoling it, I know how it works. Wrong is wrong, no matter what the situation is. 

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With the current madness that is happening, it is appropriate to write about this. You will never know when you will encounter someone desperate enough to do something dumb. It is not a matter of if, but a matter of when. I care for you that I do not want you to be in danger, but we are all realists here. What I can do is to help you survive a mugging if ever you are unfortunate enough to come across it.

Let me begin by stating, avoid getting mugged in the first place. The most suitable protection you can have is to avoid it altogether. 

That means staying in well-lit and populated areas. Given the world’s situation now, people do not gather much but avoid going to places alone. Muggers prefer when people are by themselves, it lessens any witnesses. Stay in well-lit areas and avoid dark alleys. If you are in a vehicle, make sure to park underneath a light. It might be a smart idea to keep a flashlight handy. It helps in identifying threats, and the bright light can also disorient attackers. 

Another thing, do everything you can to remain discreet and avoid standing out. Do not wear anything that would attract the attention of muggers. If you are going to an unsafe part of town, leave the expensive jewelry at home. Dress in a way that does not suggest you have a lot of money. 

Maintain awareness of what is happening around you. It means paying attention to your surroundings. Take off your headphones and keep your phone inside your pocket. Look for irregularities or anomalies. If you notice something odd, chances are, it probably is.

Be smart and avoid getting in these sorts of situations in the first place. 

Now, you have taken all the necessary measures; but you still managed to get mugged. What then? 

If you find yourself in a situation where you have no means of escape, give the mugger what they want. I know how hard you work for money, but your life is worth more than that. Give the mugger what they are asking and do not fight back – do not escalate the situation. The mugger wants to get over this as soon as possible. Chances are, they will leave you alone as soon as they get what they want. Cooperate, and this would be all over.

When handing over your valuables to your attacker, maintain a safe distance. It may mean throwing out valuables to your attackers. Another tip; consider having a dummy wallet. Buy a cheap wallet that you fill with a few bills and receipts. Keep it close and give it to your attacker when they ask for your wallet.

You will get spooked during your mugging, but make an effort to maintain awareness. Take note of your attacker’s height, hair color, clothing, tattoos for the police report. 

Also, try to make some noise. Be extra loud while interacting to gain attention. Muggers like to do their work with limited or no attention drawn to them. Being extra loud can scare them off. 

When to fight back? 

Fight back as a last resort. If your attacker is dangerously close, you need to defend yourself. Do whatever means necessary to protect yourself, do not hesitate to use violence. Use improvised weapons and know where to hit someone for some damage

Another thing, if your attacker is demanding that you get into a vehicle, do everything you can not to. They are most likely to take you to a secondary crime scene – YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE ON A SECONDARY CRIME SCENE. Your chances of survival go down significantly once you get to a secondary crime scene. If they demand you to get into a vehicle – fight like your life hangs on it.

Be smart and play your cards right. Do all you can not to get into a high-risk situation; pay attention to your surroundings. Mugging is a scary situation, keep your cool and know what to do to survive.

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13 thoughts on “A Barbarian’s Guide on How to Survive a Mugging

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  1. I have experienced this in Cubao when I was in college. An icepick was pointed at me and the mugger took my phone from my pocket I was lucky because my wallet was sandwiched between my books and he was rushing to escape having taken my 8210. This was in 2002. One of the scariest moments of my life.
    I don’t know if I’d ever be ready for situations like this.

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    1. Wow, a Filipino and a TMIer. Looks like I’m no longer the only one.

      Ice picks can get pretty scary and Cubao can be so crowded that no one would notice you. That was indeed a scary ordeal. I’m glad to hear that you survived that.

      Cheers! 🍸

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      1. It was, all I remember is that he wore a baseball cap, grey shirt… everything was a blur. Never did I walk that road alone again.

        As for the TMI, I will answer as far as I can. Still on the reserved side.

        I am more prude than I’d like it to be. Haha.

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  2. Dummy wallet is a great idea. I once read a story about a student who became a young soldier. Due to immigration complications and a long story short, he ended up in a tough part of Mexico. He had to really dress down a lot as well as take it down a notch when it came to personal hygiene in order to survive the streets. Hardly recognizable when he was finally able to see his wife and friends again.

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    1. Wow, I’m glad to hear that he survived that ordeal. As for me, I love dressing up. But if I’m going to a not so good part of the city or someplace I’m not familiar with, I’d wear a shirt, basketball shorts, and flipflops. It is nice to stand out but the key to everything is to adapt. 😉

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