Commercial Robbery Prevention
To Prevent A Robbery
- Keep your front doors and windows clear of signs and posters to allow good two-way visibility. Employees can see suspicious persons inside. Passers-by can see inside.
- Keep the outside of your business well lit at night.
- Use video surveillance and make it well known. Use cameras or mirrors to observe all areas of the store.
- Greet everyone who enters your business. Be alert for customers who seem to be loitering or glancing around the store while appearing to shop or browse through a magazine.
- If you someone who is acting suspicious inside or outside, call the police to have them checked out.
- Keep side and back doors locked. Have employees use the main entrance, if possible.
- Place markers at the entrance that employees can use to help gauge the height of a robber as he leaves.
- Make bank deposits as often as possible, never less than once a day.
During A Robbery
- Try to stay calm.
- Do not make any sudden movements to upset the robber.
- Do not resist.
- If possible, try to get a good look at the robber so that you can describe him later.
- Note the direction of flight.
- Without exposing yourself to harm, get a description of the robber’s vehicle.
After The Robbery
- Call the police immediately after the robbery, even if you have already activated the alarm.
- Step outside the store when the police arrive so they will know the robber is gone and you are safe.
- Do not touch anything that the robber may have touched (for fingerprints).
- Ask any witnesses to stay or get their names and telephone numbers (to be reached by the police).
- Do not discuss the amount of money taken with anyone other than the police.
Surveillance Equipment Information
- Replace VHS videotapes every 12 sessions.
- Use a different tape for each day of the month.
- Clean the lenses of the video cameras with camera lens paper.
- Insure the correct date & time on your video camera.