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.