Preventing Armed Robbery - Discouraging Robberies
By Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute
Monday, March 17, 2008; 7:00 pm
|Preventing Armed Robbery|
|During a Robbery|
|After a Robbery|
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What to Do Before
Install good lighting both inside as well as outside of your business.
Keep your business clean and free of clutter.
- Escape Routes
Locate and eliminate any potential escape routes or hiding places for a robber.
Never restrict the view either into or out of your business with signs or displays on the windows or door. Always maintain maximum visibility.
The best defense against the crime of ARMED ROBBERY is to make your business and employees more security conscious. Make sure you and your employees know your responsibility before , during and after an armed robbery.
Keep alert at all times, checking for loiterers or people watching your business. Greet and make eye contact with everyone who enters your business.
- Cash Control
Keep a minimal amount of cash on hand. Less than $50.00 is ideal, and use of a drop safe is advisable. Make frequent cash pickups and never count cash at the counter area.
Should be centrally located within the business and easily seen by customers as well as passers-by.
- Bank Runs
Should be made at alternate times and routes. Try to use a variety of containers to carry the cash in and whenever possible try to use a different courier to make the bank runs.
Also: Go directly to the bank!
- Two People
Establish a policy of using two people to open and close your business; use a set of pre-arranged signals for "ALL CLEAR."
- Mark & Post
Mark doorways with proper height markings, post your minimum cash policy and the penalty for ARMED ROBBERY.