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As Lunar New Year approaches, police warns those carrying cash of ‘jugging’

Jugging is a form of robbery where a person waits for someone suspected of having a large amount of cash to leave the bank. As the person arrives at their next destination, the perpetrator robs them.

Lunar New Year at POST Houston
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The Houston Police Department warned residents that as the Lunar New Year approaches, a crime known as jugging could be on the rise.

Jugging is a form of robbery where a person waits for someone suspected of having a large amount of cash to leave the bank. As the person arrives at their next destination, the perpetrator robs them.

Officer Loc Tram said there are traditions in the Asian community during the Lunar New Year that could make them a target.

"This is one of our proud traditions where the elderly, or adults, would give money to the younger generation, it's a beautiful tradition," Tram said.

Lunar New Year is a 15-day holiday period in several Asian communities that marks the first new moon of the lunar calendar. During the period, there are many traditions, including parades and feasts.

Officials advised residents to be aware of their surroundings as they are entering or leaving a bank.

If someone believes they are being followed, they should not go to their next location but instead notify police or go to the nearest police station.

"If you have a sense that you are being followed, make an effort to make three right turns or three left turns," Tram said. He said this would mean a person is driving in circles and if someone is still behind them, they are likely being followed.

Drivers who believe someone is following them should remain calm and do not stop at any destination just because it is public. Tram said to call the police and let them know of their location and vehicle, and that they believe they are being followed.