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What are the preventive measuers of robbery?
Every business owner, manager and employee plays a part in making businesses safe. Here are some things you can do to help prevent robbery:
  • Have at least two employees open and close the business.
  • Do not release personal information to strangers.
  • Keep purses and personal valuables locked in desks or lockers.
  • Install a robbery alarm.
  • Place a surveillance camera behind the cash register facing the front counter. Replace videotapes regularly.
  • Vary times and routes of travel for bank deposits.
  • Don't use marked "moneybags" that make it obvious to would-be robbers you are carrying money for deposit.
  • Keep a low balance in the cash register.
  • Cooperate with the robber for your own safety and the safety of others. Comply with a robber's demands. Remain calm and think clearly. Make mental notes of the robber's physical description and other observations important to law enforcement officers.
  • If you have a silent alarm and can reach it without being noticed, use it. Otherwise, wait until the robber leaves.
  • Be careful, most robbers are just as nervous as you are.
  • Keep your business neat and clean. A tidy, orderly place of business is inviting to customers, but not to robbers. Dressing neatly also sends the right message.
  • Stay alert! Know who is in your business and where they are. Watch for people who hang around without buying anything. Also, be aware of suspicious activity outside your place of business. Write down license numbers of suspicious vehicles if visible from the inside of your business.
  • Encourage the police to stop by your business.
  • Learn the names of the officers who patrol your area.
  • If you see something suspicious, call the police. Never try to handle it yourself. It could cost you your life.
How to prevent Pick-Pocketing in Public Places?
  • When leaving home, do not carry valuable things with you, like expensive jewelry. If you must carry a purse, hold it close to your body, and do not make it apparent to others.
  • If it is necessary to carry valuable items, keep them in different locations.
  • In crowded places, beware of pickpockets. Check your personal property after having been bumped or squeezed.
  • If something has been taken, or if you suspect pick-pocketing activity, shout for help and then inform the nearest police officer.
  • Do not carry many valuable items in a lady's handbag. Do not carry handbags by using shoulder straps.
  • Keep it in mind that pickpockets may be of any age or either sex, that they are often smartly dressed and carrying newspapers or something else that they can use to cover their activities.
  • If you see a snatching, shout loudly and ask for help in restraining the pickpocket. Notify the nearest police officer immediately.
What are the methods for discouraging a Robbery?
  • Lock unused doors.
  • Avoid working alone. If you must work alone, turn on a radio or TV so that robbers will think there is someone with you.
  • Vary the schedule and route you take for your bank deposits each day, keep only the necessary cash on hand.
  • Make sure your cash register is clearly visible to passers-by.
  • Avoid placing signs or displays near windows, because they block visibility from the street.
  • Keep "bait" money in a compartment of the cash registers. The bait packet should be separated by face value as other bills. Record the serial numbers of these packets to give to the police if you are robbed.
  • When taking out the trash, re-enter by using the front door or take it out with another employee.
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