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How to survive a robbery


Pretoria – Crime victims should beg for their lives and tell the robbers to take everything, in which case their lives might be spared, an academic has told a public lecture at the University of South Africa (Unisa).

People were also advised to have a panic button in the bathroom, since most men were held in bathrooms while robbers went through the house.

This was the advice of Dr Rudolph Zinn, of Unisa’s department of criminal and forensic investigations, on Wednesday.

This advice was based on interviews with 30 convicted house robbers in Gauteng prisons. They said if victims begged and followed orders, it was seen as a good sign by the robbers.
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