What to do before, during and after a robbery
“El piquero”: The pickpocket uses the index and middle fingers protected by a newspaper or clothing (“crutch”) to hide the operation from those present and then passes the wallet to the accomplice (“pasar el burro”).
“El lancero”: South American technique practiced by pickpockets in those countries who use adapted tweezers or wires to “lift” the wallet. The traditional way used by the old pickpockets (“sirleros”) who, using a razor blade (“sirla”), cut the pocket linings to remove the wallets, has fallen into disuse.
Careless theft is a nightmare for commercial establishments, which try to combat it with the use of numerous security systems, ranging from closed-circuit TV cameras to security guards and chips and code bars on the various items.
A distinction is made between the notion of theft and robbery configured as typical crimes; those cases in which the seizure involves a movable thing. Robbery is nothing more than theft aggravated by force (against things) or violence (against persons).
What to do in the event of an assault
Whether from our own experience or from the stories of acquaintances, we know that the first impulse in a situation of aggression is to react defensively, which can expose the person to a greater risk of getting hurt.
A criminal has one goal: to rob you of your valuables, whether they are money, jewelry, electronic devices or even your car; however, a bad reaction on your part at the time of the robbery can lead the offender to take your life.
The first thing you have to do is to recognize that your physical integrity is worth more, much more, than any of your belongings, so we recommend you to follow these tips to react to a robbery and get away with it:
What to do in case of a business robbery
But the case of Venezuela is very special, not only because its specific crisis is limited to its borders, but also because of its enormous complexity, never seen before in the region.
“The value system of Venezuelans has, so to speak, a low market value,” assures geophysical engineer Alberto Rial in his book The Independent Variable (2013), an essay on the role of cultural idiosyncrasy in the country’s development. “The goods it offers for sale are not in sufficient demand nor do they bring the necessary money to increase the prosperity of its inhabitants,” he reasons.
With the country’s situation being so difficult, the collective experience of the drivers coincides perfectly with the testimonies one can gather by chatting with them. Retired pathologist Lila Acosta, who owns a 2005 Mitsubishi MF, assures that “driving in Venezuela is intense” because “people are very neurotic: they grab the steering wheel as if it were a weapon with which to attack others”.
What to do in case of an assault at home
This new system will be provided by the company Cart Technology SL or “Carttec”, and it is a wheel lock that is activated when leaving the area of the supermarket or its parking lot. In this way the cart becomes unusable, and whoever takes it will not be able to try to resell it later, something that is sometimes done in some street markets for between 50 and 70 euros.
It has not been made official which is the specific technology, but the way it works we have already seen it in several that are also in other shopping centers. A perimeter is created with strips around the area that you do not want the carts to want to have, such as the hypermarket itself or the parking lot of the same.
The trolleys have special sensors on their wheels, and a braking system. When these sensors are activated, they detect that the trolleys have exceeded the safety zones and activate the braking system to stop the trolley and prevent it from continuing to be used.
Although this is a safety method that is beginning to be used more and more in many countries, many of the Valencian company’s competitors still do not have it, such as Alcampo, Día or Carrefour. This works to the advantage of those who have opted for it, since it is easier to go to another hypermarket to get the trolley than to stop and try to deactivate the system.