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New security threat in town - how safe are you?

27 January 2014, 14:10 David Amon

Please be informed that armed thieves have recently come up with a more efficient method of disarming people in urban areas.

They extend their arm for a handshake after asking for directions, as if they are thanking their victim but they have a needle that has been dipped in some sedative that makes one feel drowsy.

When their victim falls asleep, to the general public it seems like normal fainting. Posing as good Samaritans, they move their victim to a convenient location and rob them!

Other than the loss of personal effects, there is also the risk of contracting HIV/AIDs or hepatitis since the needles in use are highly unlikely to be sterile!

Please be aware of strangers who insist on shaking hands or coming too close to you on the streets. They rob unsuspecting members of the public in broad daylight, so  exercise caution.

This message is to everyone who goes to school or college alone (particularly girls). If you find a child asking for directions do not be fooled; take that child to a police station and no matter what, DON’T go to that address.

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