girl from my husband's work was walking home around 11pm along the main, well-lit road between Neuenheimer Feld and Handschuhsheim when she was mugged. Mugged as in, they didn't just grab her bag and run, but they came up behind her, and when she turned around because she thought she heard something, they hit her so that she fell down, then held her down to steal her bag and ran. It happened so fast and the person concealed themselves enough that she didn't even know if it was a man or woman.
Everybody was pretty shocked to hear the story. I think we're all pretty complacent because you never hear of anything like this happening. Everyone gets their bike stolen, but to get knocked to the ground and mugged!? That's awfully violent and personal. So we were all even more surprised to hear that when she called the police, they told her there's been a rash of crimes just like this in that same area, and that sometimes they even target bikers. I don't know about you but I always figure I'm safe on my bike.
In Boston, when there were nasty crimes like this in the area of our work/school, there would be notices up on the boards and via email about it, but apparently they don't do that here. So, I'm doing it here just in case any fellow HeidelbergerInnen are reading. Careful out there!