Posted 7:32 PM 1/17/2013 : 13 personal robberies in 17 days in Colorado Springs
17 days into the New Year and Colorado Springs Police have reported 13 personal robberies.
Police are cautioning residents to be on guard.
"People think it's not going to happen to them so they don't take precautions that are necessary to keep them safe," spokesperson Barbara Miller said. "You've got to pay attention to your surroundings."
Paying attention is something we often forget.
On Jan. 7, a woman leaving a marijuana dispensary store in Colorado Springs was ambushed by a man she had new clue was watching her.
Fortunately, she was unharmed.
On Sunday, Jan. 13, a man eating in his car at a Sonic on South 8th Street was approached by two males in a hoodie, one of whom had a gun.
When the robbers demanded cash, the victim told them he didn't have any.
That's when one of the suspects reportedly punched the man in the face and stole is cell phone.
The latest personal robbery happened Wednesday evening at Bingo World on South Academy. A 74-year-old male walking from his car to go play Bingo was approached by three suspects. One suspect hit the man in the face with a gun, knocking him to the ground. The victim refused to give up his money and the suspects fled the scene.
Police now fear if something isn't done fast, it's only a matter of time before somebody gets hurt.
"You can't read a persons mind what they are willing to do and at what lengths they are willing to go to get the $10 you may have on you," Miller said.
Police always encourage you to comply with the robbers demands.
Also, carry your credit card instead of your debit card in your wallet. This way, if you wallet is stolen, you're not liable for unauthorized expenses.
Bingo World tells News 5 they plan on installing surveillance cameras outdoors following Wednesday's attempted robbery.