AUSTIN - The Austin Police Department is reminding people to stay safe and aware of their surroundings in light of recent robberies downtown.
APD said that they responded to 19 robberies in Downtown Austin over the past two months.
Of those cases, APD said that 17 victims were alone, accounting for 89 percent of the robberies. Five of those victims, or 26 percent, were allegedly intoxicated. One of the victims was attempting to purchase narcotics. Two of the victims were homeless and one victim told police that he was looking at his cell phone and not paying attention to his surroundings. 15 of the victims were male and eight were female. Most of the cases involved strangers and took place on the sidewalk or street.
Nine of the 17 cases resulted in arrests, according to APD.
Half of the cases occurred on Friday and Sunday nights, but APD notes that cases that occurred after midnight on Saturday night could be interpreted as Sunday. All of the robberies took place between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. regardless of which day of the week they occurred. 84 percent of the cases took place between midnight and 5 a.m.
APD is reminding citizens to stay with groups of people and avoid walking near groups who appear to be loitering or engaging in suspicious activity. Avoid using your cell phone when walking at night because it can distract you from your surroundings and it lets potential robbers know that you have something of value and are distracted.
"Avoid getting intoxicated as robbers tend to target people they can visibly see don't have their wits about them," APD said.
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