Monday, November 28, 2011

Frenchwoman Robbed of Her Handbag, Passport in Adelaide

A female tourist, believed to be a French national, was robbed of her handbag and passport on Adelaide's Currie Street at approximately 0200 hours on November 29, Adelaide time. The victim was reportedly walking alone when she was approached by two men who demanded her handbag.

The woman attempted to fight off her two assailants before they overpowered her and ran off with her handbag, which contained money and her passport. Two witnesses to the incident chased the two men and caught one of them not far from where the woman was accosted, who was later turned over to the police. He was later charged with aggravated robbery and was refused bail. The woman’s handbag has not been found.

COMMENT: The first question is why would a foreign tourist be out alone at night, particularly at 0200, and in a large metropolitan city, where the risk of being robbed is particularly high, regardless of gender?

It was also extremely risky for the victim in this case to resist not one, but two male assailants. First of all, they could have been armed and seriously injured or killed her, which does occur in Australia. Secondly, at 0200 in the morning, she could have been abducted or raped. Fortunately, neither occurred. Then again, her efforts were fruitless, as her purse and passport are now gone. As I have said so many times, no property is worth your life.

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia (SA) and the fifth-largest city in Australia. Adelaide has an estimated population of more than 1.2 million. Today, Adelaide is noted for its many festivals and sporting events, its food, wine and culture, its long beach-fronts, and its large defense and manufacturing sectors. It ranks highly in terms of livability, being listed in the Top 10 of THE ECONOMIST's World's Most Livable Cities index in 2010, and being ranked the most livable city in Australia by the Property Council of Australia in 2011.

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