It seems that a few folk were upset by the ‘Mugger’s Paradise’ headline a couple of weeks ago in George Herald, in reference to recent attacks in the Witfontein / Arbour Road forest. A few points to mention: Firstly, that was a newspaper headline, not a legal document. Headlines use hyperbole and word-plays, and that headline was just a word-play on the song ‘Gangster’s Paradise’ from a few years ago. Who would take it literally? Secondly, there have been a number of nasty attacks in that area, some mentioned in the original article. The idea that “…I walk there everyday and I’ve never been mugged” - well, good for you, but that doesn’t change the fact that many other people have been attacked and robbed there, and media attention and warnings are a good thing. Thirdly, that forest IS in fact a mugger’s paradise, for a few reasons. Like that it’s an easy hiding / getaway place for criminals and there are plenty of isolated, easy targets with expensive toys (smartphones, GPS running watches, bicycles that could be worth 6 month’s salary). Instead of getting upset about a tongue-in-cheek (but still fairly accurate headline), maybe we should be talking about how to police / secure that area better before something really bad happens? Would I allow my teenage daughter to go running there? No way, and I think that’s the whole point. It’s not helping to deny that it definitely is a risky place to walk/run/cycle.