Willow Point MUD – “Jugging” Safety Advisory

Aug 29, 2023

Jugging is a term used to describe a form of scam or fraud in which individuals are targeted and robbed after leaving a bank or ATM. This criminal activity involves a coordinated group working together to steal cash or other valuable items from unsuspecting victims. Criminals who engage in jugging often observe their targets as they enter and exit banks or ATMs, looking for people who withdraw large amounts of cash or items from safe deposit boxes.

They then follow the victim to their next destination, usually a retail store or other business, and wait for an opportunity to break into their car and steal their valuables.

One of the best ways to prevent jugging is to be aware of your surroundings when entering and exiting a bank or ATM. Take note of any suspicious individuals or vehicles in the area; pay particular mind to vehicles backed into parking spaces with a view of the front door, idling with people inside, watching patrons enter and leave the bank.

Another caution is to avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuables, such as jewelry. For more significant withdrawal amounts, interact with a teller rather than using the ATM, to prevent anyone from viewing the amount of your transaction.

For those who are able, using electronic banking electronic funds transfer (EFT) services or credit cards to transact with vendors, rather than pulling cash, is advised.

When leaving a bank or ATM, be sure to check your surroundings and make sure you are not being followed. If you suspect that someone is following you, call the police or go to a safe location, such as a police station or crowded area.

Avoid leaving valuables in plain sight and make sure your car is locked and windows are rolled up. If possible, park in a well-lit area with security cameras. To avoid becoming a victim of jugging, individuals should be aware of their surroundings, avoid leaving large amounts of cash or valuables in their vehicles, and take steps to protect themselves and their valuables.

If you believe you are being followed, or if you are victim of jugging, contact the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

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