Rule #1 "If you don't know the dude, DON'T trust the dude"
"Man I just let him see my iPod, I thought he was going to bring it back" -__-. If you don't know where he lives OR even know his name why would he?
Rule #2 "If someone ask you to follow them" DON'T do it
That is probably the stupidest thing that you can do because the moment that they isolate you, is the moment that you become "fair game". You might get stabbed, sucker punched, robbed etc and no one would never find out.
Rule #3 Be aware of your surroundings/on guard
I wonder this, how can 3 friends possibly get robbed by 2 dudes that were unarmed. On top of 1 of them literally saying "TWIN YOU WANT SOME SHOES BLOOD? COME ON" So not only were those 3 naive, their heads must have been stuck in the clouds.
Since those guys were walking right in front of them when they did this. The guys never even tried to hide their intentions, hell they let it be known right from the start. But somehow those 3 guys were the only ones that didn't hear them -_-.
Rule #4 Blend in
Dress for the occasion, This is not the time to look glamorous or unique. Don't wear flashy jewelry or bright colors. In some places, certain colors like excessive red or blue are associated with gangs. If you're caught at the wrong place, at the wrong time it can/will game over. Since you can be murdered, jumped, robbed
Rule #5 Know the neighborhood and keep a phone on you
If you don't know the neighborhood, there's a famous saying "When in Rome, do as the Romans" meaning if you're are lost/confused DON'T SHOW IT. If you do you've just put a target on your head. So calmly find your way to someplace that you actually recognize ^^.
Never leave home without your cell phone. it's your lifeline if you get lost, and it can connect you with/to the police/reinforcements in case of an emergency.
Rule #6 If you're buying something "TEST IT" or "ask questions."
If someone off the streets is trying to sell you a Xbox 360 you need to ask questions OR test it 1st. Never take his word on it and remember "if it's too good to be true, it probably is" So if he's charging 120$ when it cost 400$ at the store SOMETHINGS OFF ABOUT THAT. If he acts defensively while you're questioning him that's another REDFLAG, so you should just end it there.
Rule#7 Let you body speak for you.
When you're walking past someone 90% of the time you're going to lock eyes with them, The worst thing that you can do is "INSTANTLY LOOK AWAY" . Since you've just told me/them that either you're scared/nervous about something. So What you should have done was this "gradually lost eye contact" with them over time ^^.
When you're approached by 3 guys (strangers) make sure that you stand tall and sturdy as if you have the mindset of "I wish y'all would try something" that can speak volumes. On top of saving you from getting Jumped/robbed TRUST ME. The types of people only try that stuff with people that they feel can't/won't put up an actual fight (vulnerable/easy prey).
Rule #8 Remember that everyone isn't your friend
When some that you don't know is trying to talk to you. You should give them just enough Information to keep the convo going. But not enough as to where they fell comfortable.
I know people who will do that on purpose just to see how dumb and naive you're and the moment that you drop your guard is the moment that they take advantage of you via stealing __ from you.
Then they're nowhere to be found. You should never let those types of people know "where you're from" NOR what you're doing in their hood. Since more times than not..they're up to no good anyway just looking for their next victim to scam.
Rule #9 Don't be scared to retreat/run
If your gut feeling is telling you that something is off about___ RUN simple as that. If some dudes are talking crap and you're alone the dumbest thing that you can do is fight either 1 of them BECAUSE Imma tell ya right now you've just set yourself up for failure.
No matter how you want to cut it most people these days don't fight fair so just be smart and run. Don't get yourself put in an early grave all because you couldn't swallow your pride/EGO because it's not that serious man (live to fight another day) ^^.
Rule #10 travel in pack WHILE ignoring the jerks
If someone catcalls or shouts something at you, just keep on walking. There's no sense in turning a stupid comment into an argument or worse. Most of them do that stuff to simple Judge your reaction. So if you show no emotions they'll usually just go on about their day.