Monday, February 4, 2013

India: Elderly American Tourist, 78, Strong-Armed by Four Locals, Robbed in Mumbai

An elderly American tourist, age 78, who was looking for a taxi near the Asiatic Society in South Mumbai yesterday (February 3) was allegedly strong-armed by four local men at approximately 1530 hours and relieved by force of his passport, Rs 4,000 (US75) and traveler's checks in the amount of $400, as well as debit and credit cards.

COMMENT: According to local police, the tourist and his wife arrived in Mumbai on February 1. They had hailed a taxi earlier, but it had broken down, which is why the American attempted to hail another taxi. It was at this time that the assailants strong-armed the tourist of his valuables and fled.

As I have commented previously, senior tourists in particular are targeted by local criminals because they are are often incapable or physically unable to resist an unarmed assailant or assailants.

Therefore, it is strongly recommended that elderly travelers hire a reputable car and driver from a reputable hotel to drive them wherever they need or want to go, which also provides them a dependable person who can help them avoid undesirables who may take advantage of seniors. Although this approach does have a cost associated with it, it does ensure an enhanced level of security for elderly travelers.