Metro sees rise in muggings: how you can prepare yourself

Metro sees rise in muggings: how you can prepare yourself

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – At least 3 muggings in Fargo within the past month have some questioning their personal safety in the city.

But a little preparation can go a long way in preventing a dangerous situation.

We normally think of them as big city crimes but within the last month, a random strong-armed robbery has been reported in Fargo almost weekly.

Police arrested this man March 9th in North Fargo for allegedly pointing a realistic pellet gun at a victim and demanding his wallet.

A week later, a stranger knocked a victim unconscious and stole his wallet in front of this Fargo restaurant and Friday, a suspect dragged a woman out of this grocery store and ran off with her purse.

Police say in situations like those to be aware and avoid fighting especially if the thief is brandishing a weapon.

“Just give into the demands –whether it’s money. However, one thing I would say – if they’re demanding you to get into a car, never get into a car,” said Deputy Fargo Police Chief Joe Anderson.

While being aware of your surroundings can go a long way, more and more people are signing up for classes to learn self-defense skills.

“We’ve definitely had a big swing in new students — the last few months especially,” said George Andersch of the Fargo Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

That could be from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu’s growing popularity or growing concern about personal safety.

“A self-defense situation is primarily going to be someone grabbing you, trying to throw you on the ground, climb on top of you, or drag you away somewhere.”

All things the sport trains to defend, training like this can be a helpful tool.

But officers say self-awareness can be your first line of defense.

“We’re not encouraging people to walk around being paranoid thinking that they’re going to be victim, but just to have a better understanding of what’s going on around them,” said Anderson.

Police are still looking for suspects from the mugging outside of Fryn’ Pan.


Catherine Ross – WDAY Fargo News