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By Breaker (Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 05:45:39 PM EST) (all tags)
Is a little reminder...

Don't pull a knife on a tubby white bloke who's just on his way home. 

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Ouch by MrMole (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:16:25 AM EST
I assume he didn't get anything.  Was he mugging you or just crazy.

Yet another by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:38:35 AM EST
Attempted mugging.

Still, batting average is looking good so far.

Breaker 5 : Muggers 0

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How does this happen to you so often? by codemonkey uk (4.00 / 2) #4 Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 07:45:14 AM EST

--- Thad ---
Almost as Smart As you.
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I have no idea. by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 09:26:06 AM EST
It's not like I am ever wearing a massive amount of obvious valuables, or even looking particularly worthy of a mugging.

Then again, I'm not particularly tall, am slightly built apart from a a bit tubby round the guts.  Maybe I just look like an easy target?

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Wealth is relative. by dmg (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 07:29:18 AM EST
Simply wearing a suit would be enough to make you a 'marked man' in certain parts of inner London.
dmg - HuSi's most dimwitted overprivileged user.
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I think it's good you are moving by jump the ladder (4.00 / 3) #3 Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 06:44:19 AM EST
I've only lived in fairly posh parts of London, so I've never been mugged in my life.

Come to SE5! by Breaker (4.00 / 2) #6 Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:13:31 PM EST
It's... Vibrant!

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Well I do hope by johnny (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 01:14:56 AM EST
You beat the crap out of him.

In any even, glad to hear that you're (apparently) well.

She has effectively checked out. She's an un-person of her own making. So it falls to me.--ad hoc (in the hole)

So, what parts of town does this happen in? by technician (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 12:19:30 PM EST
Because, ya know, I sort of want to not be there.

Right outside Buckingham Palace. by Captain Tenille (4.00 / 1) #10 Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 02:01:16 PM EST
This is, I believe, the third time Breaker has had to repel a mugging attempt by Prince Phillip. He (Prince Phillip) is someone with whom you do not want to mess. 


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SE5, Camberwell by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 04:23:00 PM EST
Outa here before the end of August, sooner if the timelines work in our favour.

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Well, by technician (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 07:51:33 PM EST
good to know.

Tell you the truth, I'm thinking our London portion of our vacation in October will be chock full of me being an obnoxious Texan. We're staying in the financial district, where ever that is. The only fights I'll get into will be with bankers. And those fuckers probably deserve whatever I hand them.

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There is a crime map by dmg (4.00 / 1) #13 Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 10:21:12 PM EST
Of London provided by the met police here.

And statistics suggest that you might want to employ racial profiling when assessing risks.

There are two financial districts in London. One is "the city" aka the square mile, the other is Canary Wharf in East London.

Both are fairly safe,, but canary wharf is surrounded by manky council estates which you would want to steer clear of.
There's been a lot of media discussion recently about the fact that London is worse than New York for crime. I think it's overestimated, however I was recently the victim of a completely unprovoked assault so bad stuff can happen.
dmg - HuSi's most dimwitted overprivileged user.

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NYC barely makes the top 50 in the US by lm (2.00 / 0) #14 Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 10:17:29 AM EST
In violent crime per capita, NYC is well below places like Detroit, DC, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Memphis and a dozens of other cities.

NYC's reputation for crime, especially violent crime, dates back to the seventies. But NYC has gotten better and many places in the US have gotten worse.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Near Bank or the Whorfe? by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #15 Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 04:38:40 AM EST
Give us a headas up before you come, I can feel an international LHuSiBeer coming on.

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This place here. by technician (2.00 / 0) #16 Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 11:29:06 AM EST
LOL by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #17 Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 05:46:41 AM EST
You've been sold a pup!  That's Holborn / Covent Garden.  Which is not anywhere near the financial districts (Bank and The Whorfe).

On the plus side, you're right near the touristy bits, Carnaby St, Piccadilly Circus and nicely central so you can get to the others pretty easy.

Bit touristy round that way, I'd say the biggest risk is pickpockets and people making off with your bag if you don't have it attached to something when sitting in a pub or restaurant.  Many places will have clips under the table to stop someone taking your bag when you're not paying attention.

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Awesome. by technician (2.00 / 0) #18 Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 11:12:37 PM EST
The closer to the touristy bits the better. I'm not planning on making things easy for a pickpocket, and the only bag that we might carry will have a guitar string woven into the strap to prevent it being cut.

We're American. We plan for being attacked.

That said, we're going to be in for a week and we literally have no plan. So plans can be influenced easily.

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Zipped pockets by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #19 Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 06:13:54 PM EST
For your cards/cash and you're fine I reckon.

I don't think bag straps get cut too often - don't forget UKian knife carrying laws are pretty draconian, it's not worth getting caught with a blade for the petty crims.

You're far more at risk of being in a busy pub and someone making off with your bag when your attention is elsewhere.  That said, London's pretty safe in the touristy areas.

It's only when you get out to the shitty bits like near where I live that you get the more violent streetcrime.  And there's nothing for tourists to see out here, bar the Ministry of Sound and the Imperial War Museaum.

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