‘Jugging’ Is Fastest Growing Crime Trend
Law enforcement departments are noticing an alarming new crime trend: “Jugging.”
As if we all didn’t have enough to worry about with cyber criminals, now thieves are following people home after they make a withdrawal of cash at a financial institution, and then robbing them of their money in a more secluded setting. Women, people of smaller stature, and the elderly, seem to be the most consistent targets of these “jugging” incidents.
According to a post on News3LV.com and their National News Desk, the growing trend has become a serious problem for police in Austin, Texas. We know how quickly trends can spread nowadays with the advent of social media, so we should still be aware of our surroundings at all financial institutions or whenever you are “flashing cash” in a public space.
The article goes on to include some steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of a “jugging” incident:
- Be aware of any people who are just hanging around without conducting business when you are in a bank lobby, using an ATM, or making a withdrawal at your financial institution.
- Be aware of your surroundings while you are conducting your business. It’s best to avoid distractions like your phone or wearing headphones or earbuds.
- Immediately lock your car doors when you get in your vehicle and make sure your windows are rolled up too.
- It should go without saying, but never leave money in your car.
- When you drive out of the parking lot of your financial institution, pay close attention to anyone who may be following you.
- If you notice anyone following you for any length of time, phone 911 or drive to the nearest police station or even the closest fire station.
- If you are planning to make a large cash withdrawal, speak to the management at your financial institution to see if they can assist you when leaving. You can also ask them if they have any safety suggestions for you.
Let’s just hope this “jugging” trend does not spread to Las Vegas.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.
10 Most Common Cybercrimes According to the FBI
Cyber crimes continue to grow in number. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaints Center (IC3), founded in 2000, received an astounding number of complaints in 2020: 791,790. The loss associated with these complaints was staggering, coming in excess of $4.1 billion.
To help provide a clear picture of cybercrime and its impact, Twingate looked at data from the FBI’s IC3. The top-10 crime types with the highest monetary losses were selected from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaints Center’s (IC3) Internet Crime Report 2020. The number of total victims was also included for each of the 10 crime types.
An IC3 analyst reviews and categorizes each of these complaints. The top cybercrime reported to the IC3 in 2020 was phishing/vishing/smishing/pharming. There was a significant amount of fraud around the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The age group with the highest rate of victimization, according to the number of complaints, were those over 60 with 105,301, with a total loss of $966,062,236.
While cybercrime is extremely prevalent, continued awareness surrounding online activities remains critical to protect yourself. Read on to find out more about the top cybercrimes in 2020 and what steps you can take to stay safe.