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Puncture it is a colloquial term that is used in several countries from South America to name an assailant. The concept that is used specifically with reference to the thief who he steals objects from his victim's pocket, purse or wallet, without his warning.

For example: “My parents told me to be careful with the pungas they steal on the train”, “Stop it! That man is a punch who just stole my wallet. ”, "The spectators beat a punga that was stealing in the middle of the concert and threw him out of the square".

The Pungas do not threaten their victims or pretend to commit the Stole from bullying with weapons. Its action is based on stealth, extracting the personal objects of the person assaulted carefully so that he does not realize. That's why they act in the public transport or in massive shows : crowding people makes their task easier.

In recent years we have witnessed how the number of pungas has increased, for example, that "operate" in the subway. Thus, for example, in Madrid the police and security guards have had to strengthen their presence at certain times before the existence of foreign groups of Pungas who do not hesitate to take advantage of the agglomerations that take place in this transport to steal wallets, mobile phones or Any other type of valuables.

The police authorities do not hesitate to give a series of advice to ordinary citizens to ensure that they are not victims of pungas or pickpockets:
-When you are in agglomerations, either on the street or in means of transport, never leave your backpack or bag behind your back as well as any valuables in the back pockets of your pants. Everything valuable that is carried on must always be kept in sight.
-Be always alert when you are in spaces with lots of people.
-When you go out and prepare your purse or backpack, you must always introduce the most valuable objects to the bottom and on top of them other items that do not have any value such as a pack of tissues, a bottle of Water…
-The bags must always be crossed in the chest as a shoulder bag.
-When you go to have a drink in a cafeteria or when you go to eat in a restaurant, you should never leave your bag or backpack on the table or on the back of the chair.

Stopping a puncture is usually complicated. As soon as they commit the robbery, they mix in the crowd to avoid being detected. When someone observes them in action, they usually throw down what they have stolen, detaching themselves from the evidence of crime . The use of video cameras can help find a punga and prove their guilt.

By not using weapons or exercising violence On the other hand, the legal punishment for the Pungas is mild. In general, if the crime and guilt can be proven, they are convicted of theft .

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