Robbery prevention and response – Reducing the opportunity for a robbery
Preventive Robbery Measures at your Business
Robbery is potentially a very dangerous crime because it involves direct contact between a perpetrator and a victim or victims whose life or lives are often threatened. Reducing the opportunity for a robbery is as important as what you do in case of a robbery. Review these two important sections on these topics, and then complete the survey to help increase safety in your workplace.
Keep a Clear View from Outside
Make sure you and your cash register are clearly visible from outside. Create a “fishbowl” look. Limit use of window signs and floor displays. If you can see out easily, passer-bys and police can see in.
Keep Cash Register Money to a Minimum
- Place large bills in a drop safe or other secure device as soon as you get them.
- Ask customers if they have exact change or smaller bills. This will help you minimize the money in your register.
- Record the serial number of several bills (“bait money”) that are given out only in the event of a robbery.
Turn all Lighting on at Night
- Be certain you have adequate inside and outside lighting. Eliminate any dark areas.
- Utilize photo sensors to insure lights come on at night.
- Replace burnt out bulbs promptly.
Keep your Business Looking Neat and Clean
- A neat and clean environment is great for business but uncomfortable for most robbers.
- When not making a sale, stay away from the register. Most robbers do not like to spend the extra time it takes to bring you back to the sales counter.
- Know what is happening outside as well as inside your business.
- Watch for loiterers and ask them to leave.
- Greet everyone who enters your business.
- Don’t be afraid to call police (911) when you see suspicious persons or activity.