Robberies that have occurred in the city of Duluth within the past week have the Duluth Police Department concerned.  In both cases the victim was walking outside alone when approached.  Neither received life-threatening injuries, but perhaps the situation could have been avoided by following some simple safety tips.  These should be shared on social media, especially with students and those that leave work later in the evening.

Duluth Police Department Personal Safety Tips on the Street

  • If possible, don't walk alone during late-night hours. Walk in groups whenever you can—there is always safety in numbers.
  • Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas. They are usually not well-lit or heavily traveled.
  • Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. Walk close to the curb, avoiding doorways, bushes, and other potential hiding places.
  • Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Don't stop to talk to strangers.
  • Report any suspicious activity or person immediately to 9-1-1.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash, or displaying expensive jewelry in public.

If Someone Tries to Rob You

  • Don't resist. Give up your property.
  • Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the suspect accurately. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.
  • The Duluth Police Department has increased patrols in the areas where the robberies have occurred and investigators are following up on several leads. Overall robberies in Duluth are down 33% since this same time last year.