Here's what you need to know about a wave of crime that police call jugging. Jugging happens mostly at banks, The suspects are focusing on women, elderly and anyone small enough that they feel they'll have an easy opportunity to over take. They follow customers back to their homes before robbing them. There have been 82 cases reported this year just in Austin, Texas.
Here are some tip being offered by authorities and reported by WBFF TV
"An estimated $590,000 have been stolen, according to police.
The following are tips to avoid becoming a victim:
- Take note of anyone that is hanging around in the lobby of the bank or parking lot that does not appear immediately occupied.
- Try not to be distracted while in the financial institution-ie: on your phone, earbuds, etc.
- Notice any vehicles that may follow you out of the parking lot and ensure you are not being followed.
- Before leaving the counter after receiving cash, secure it in a different bag (other than the small zipper cash bags or envelopes utilized), such as a briefcase or purse.
- Lock your car doors when you get into your vehicle.
- Do not leave large amounts of money inside of your vehicle.
- If you believe you have been followed by a financial institution for any length of time, please call 911 or drive to the nearest police station or fire/EMS station.
- Speak with security at your bank to see if they can assist you with large withdrawals or if they have any safety suggestions when withdrawing a significant amount of cash."