You have a responsibility to yourself,
your family, your co-workers and your customers to ensure that your
workplace is safe and secure. In many jurisdictions, robbery is a third
leading cause of injury in the workplace and the leading cause of death.
You will diminish your risk of robbery and its consequences if you implement
the following strategies:
Report suspicious circumstances or
persons to the police
Its far better to call the police before
a problem arises. It makes a lot more sense to prevent a robbery from
occurring than to spend your dollars dealing with costs and losses
associated with a robbery.
Proper training will help you survive a
robbery. You will also recover from the traumatic stress of a robbery
quicker. Just like any business strategy, you must implement and evaluate
your plan frequently. Most police services provide free robbery prevention
training and survival techniques.
Be a great neighbour
Communicate with other businesses in
your neighbourhood. Criminal activity in your community affects everyone.
By working together, we can keep each other safe.
Make a robberís job difficult
If you are a cash handler, you should
understand just what makes a robber tick. Take a few moments and put
yourself in the shoes of someone thinking about robbing you. Robbers are
like predatory animalsóthey prey on the weak and vulnerable and avoid the
strong and able. If you make the robber feel uncomfortable, the robber will
look for a softer target. Understand that persons who rob small businesses
are usually opportunistic amateurs. Most culprits donít have much
experience committing robbery. The actions you take now, before a robbery
occurs, may encourage a robber to go somewhere else.
Put the robber on stage
Donít encourage someone to rob you. Go
outside, take a look at the area where you conduct your cash transactions
and take a good look a what someone sees from the outside looking in.
Proper lighting, both inside your
business and outside in the parking area, will help discourage robberies.
Clear lines of sight
Donít cover your windows with marketing materials. Donít
pile up crates or boxes in front of windows or in aisles. Ensuring clear
lines of sight will help you see whether
Robbers are desperate people. They are
frightened and anxious. Plus, theyíre often under the influence of drugs
and alcohol. Desperation, intoxication and weapons make a volatile
combination. Once a robbery has started, your responsibility is to survive
safety. The best way to do this is to comply with the demands of the
robber. If you resist, you will greatly increase your risk of being injured