Law enforcement departments are noticing an alarming new crime trend: “Jugging.”
As if we all didn’t have enough to worry about with cyber criminals, now thieves are following people home after they make a withdrawal of cash at a financial institution, and then robbing them of their money in a more secluded setting. Women, people of smaller stature, and the elderly, seem to be the most consistent targets of these “jugging” incidents.
According to a post on News3LV.com and their National News Desk, the growing trend has become a serious problem for police in Austin, Texas. We know how quickly trends can spread nowadays with the advent of social media, so we should still be aware of our surroundings at all financial institutions or whenever you are “flashing cash” in a public space.
The article goes on to include some steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of a “jugging” incident:
- Be aware of any people who are just hanging around without conducting business when you are in a bank lobby, using an ATM, or making a withdrawal at your financial institution.
- Be aware of your surroundings while you are conducting your business. It’s best to avoid distractions like your phone or wearing headphones or earbuds.
- Immediately lock your car doors when you get in your vehicle and make sure your windows are rolled up too.
- It should go without saying, but never leave money in your car.
- When you drive out of the parking lot of your financial institution, pay close attention to anyone who may be following you.
- If you notice anyone following you for any length of time, phone 911 or drive to the nearest police station or even the closest fire station.
- If you are planning to make a large cash withdrawal, speak to the management at your financial institution to see if they can assist you when leaving. You can also ask them if they have any safety suggestions for you.
Let’s just hope this “jugging” trend does not spread to Las Vegas.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.