Robbery Prevention

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Robbery is a crime against your person rather than against your property. If someone breaks into your home or business when you’re not there and takes property from the premises, the crime is called a burglary. However, if you are confronted by an individual on the street or in your home, car or business and force is used or threatened against you,you have become the victim of a robbery.

It is important to remember two things

1. Robbers want one thing – your money or property – and they want it quickly.

2. Robbery is a risky business and robbers are usually nervous. You do not want to delay a
robbery in any way and increase the potential for violence. Give the robber what he or she wants
and do it quickly. Do not risk your life, or another person’s life, for property.

While not all criminal contact can be avoided, there are some crime prevention techniques which
can greatly reduce the likelihood of being victimized.

At Home

Do not advertise that you live alone

Do not allow individuals you do not know into your home

Be aware of fake emergencies or reasons people might give you to make you feel they need help. Keep your door locked and call 911 on their behalf.

Trust your instincts when seeing or hearing something out of the ordinary or suspicious

At Work

Develop a specific robbery plan for your business and discuss that plan with your employees

Restrict access to offices and employee areas

Maintain visibility that allows you to easily see both inside and outside the stores

Never count money in the open

Practice good cash control. Keep a minimum amount of cash in drawers and make regular drops into safe

Maintain working alarms, lighting, surveillance cameras and locks

Set camera angles for optimum viewing of not only employee cash handling practices, but also to aid in the identification of suspects

Away from Home

Be alert at all times. Remain audibly and visually aware of your surroundings

When driving, be extra vigilant and alert at intersections and stop lights.

Do not allow individuals you do not know into your vehicle

Park in areas that are well lighted

Do not display items such as cash, wallets or expensive jewelry

Do not advertise on any social site that you are on vaction

For further information on Robbery Prevention, contact Officer Forgey at 417-725-2510 or by email.