A family is mourning the death of a mother and wife, who was shot and killed in an attempted purse snatching in South Seattle, Wash. Komo News reported that 45-year-old My-Linh Nguyen, who also goes by Lily, was walking home from a bus stop after work when she was confronted by a man who attempted to steal her purse, just a few houses away from her home. Witnesses say she resisted, leading to a struggle with the robber before she was shot. Her 15-year-old son heard the shots and her cries for help from inside their home.
King 5 News reported that she was taken to Harborview Medical Center where she succumbed to her wounds. No suspects have been arrested and Police yet to release details of the suspect, but they are talking to witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage from the area.
A GoFundMe account has been set up by her neighbors to raise funds for her family during this difficult time. "My-Linh was a loving mother and wife. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends, customers, coworkers, and neighbors," as written on the GoFundMe page.
Minimizing Crime In the Salon
Seattle PI reports that police believe that Asian residents are being targeted in robberies because burglars may think they carry large amounts of cash and wear expensive jewelry.
Although this happened outside of the salon, there are actions you can take to lower your and your salon's risk of becoming a victim.
"If you’re confronted in this way … you don’t want to resist. Property can be replaced, lives cannot. When faced with a deadly threat, turn it over and call 911 as soon as possible,” Lt. Matt Allen told the Seattle Times.
Some basic points to takeaway from the articles above:
• Minimize the amount of cash you keep on yourself and in the salon. Make frequent stops to the bank, but change the times you go so there is no noticeable pattern.
• Be alert wherever you are. In the salon, pay attention to your clients, shower them with attention, especially anyone who seems suspicious.
• Install security systems and video surveillance. It can deter crime and can help identify criminals.
• Be cooperative if anyone does try to rob you or your salon. As Seattle PD assistant chief Robert Merner mentions in the news articles, "Property can be replaced. Obviously, lives cannot."
• Provide lockers or locked storage for your employees' personal belongings. Don't leave personal items out in plain sight or near high-traffic areas.
• Lock your doors after you close or during your last client's visit.
Our hearts go out to Nguyen's family. Please stay safe this holiday season.