Robbery Prevention for Businesses

Prevention Tips
There are several ways that you can help prevent robberies:
  • Be alert to what is happening in your business all the time. Is there someone hanging around for no reason, especially at opening or closing time?
  • Be aware of suspicious vehicles or persons outside the business at deposit time, opening time, and closing time.
  • Advise all employees to be alert to their surroundings. Greet customers as they enter the business. This gives potential robbers the impression you are alert and aware of their presence.
  • Make the business as visible as possible from the exterior. Robbers don't like to be highly visible.
  • Call the Police Department if you notice any suspicious persons or vehicles.
  • Keep cash on hand to an absolute minimum. Frequent deposits or safes are recommended. Limit the profits for robbers. They will not come back if you do not have much to offer them.
  • Keep extra doors locked.
  • Keep at least two employees on duty at all times. Use the buddy system at opening and closing.
  • Vary your routes and times of deposit. Also watch for suspicious vehicles and persons at banks.
  • Consider alarms and/or cameras.
What to Do During & After a Robbery
Despite your best efforts to prevent a robbery, it may still happen.  What should you do? 

During a Robbery

When a robbery is in progress:
    • Try to stay as calm as possible.
    • Give the robber what they ask for and only that. Don't argue with a gun.
    • Don't make any fast moves. The robber is as nervous as you are.
    • Don't stare, but observe the robber's appearance. Note any special characteristics and compare them to yourself to estimate height, weight, and age.
    • Take note of the robbers' weapons, such as a revolver, shotgun, rifle, knife or an automatic firearm. Is it dark blue or chrome?
    • Don't chase robbers. When it is safe, note the vehicle, color, model, make, year, and direction of travel.
After a Robbery
When a robbery has occurred and the robbers have left:
  • Call the Police Department, even if you have an automatic alarm.
    • Give them your location.
    • Describe the getaway car and its direction first, and then describe the robber.
    • Separate all witnesses and have them write down what they saw. Do not discuss this with other witnesses.
  • Lock the door behind the robber.
  • Keep everyone there for the police. If someone has to leave, get his or her identification.
  • Meet police outside if possible.