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NCJ Number: 64123 Find in a Library
Title: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT COMMERCIAL ARMED ROBBERY
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Washington Office of the Attorney General
Washington Crime Watch
Temple of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Washington Office of the Attorney General
Olympia, WA 98504
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS BOOKLET ADVISES RETAIL MANAGERS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH THE THREAT OF ARMED ROBBERY. IT SUGGESTS PREVENTIVE MEASURES, SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN CASE OF A ROBBERY, AND STEPS TO AID A SUSPECT'S APPREHENSION.
Abstract: MAINTAINING VISIBILITY OF THE STORE AREA AND THE CASH REGISTER IS AN IMPORTANT PREVENTIVE MEASURE AND CAN BE ACHIEVED BY INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR NIGHTTIME LIGHTING, MIRRORS, AND THE REMOVAL OF OBSTRUCTIVE DISPLAYS AND FURNITURE. A CASH CONTROL POLICY SHOULD LIMIT THE CASH ON HAND AND SHOULD BE MADE KNOWN TO CUSTOMERS. EXTRA MONEY CAN BE LOCKED IN HIDDEN STORAGE OR IN SAFES WHICH CANNOT BE OPENED WITH A SINGLE KEY. BANKING SHOULD BE DONE FREQUENTLY, BUT AT IRREGULAR TIMES, AND SERIAL NUMBERS OF LARGE BILLS SHOULD BE RECORDED. ALARMS THAT ARE SAFE TO ACTIVATE, SUCH AS A 'MONEY CLIP' INSIDE THE CASH REGISTER, ARE RECOMMENDED. TO AVOID HIRING OF A POTENTIAL ROBBER, EMPLOYERS SHOULD CAREFULLY SCREEN AND PHOTOGRAPH APPLICANTS. 'BAIT MONEY' WITH RECORDED SERIAL NUMBERS SHOULD BE KEPT ON HAND, BUT USE OF WEAPONS OR PSEUDOSURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT IS NOT RECOMMENDED. THE BOOKLET ALSO PROVIDES TIPS FOR OBSERVING AND RECALLING THE PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF A ROBBER AND STRESSES THAT, ABOVE ALL, ROBBERS SHOULD BE OBEYED WHILE THE ROBBERY IS IN PROGRESS. AFTER A ROBBERY, EMPLOYEES SHOULD TAKE THESE IMMEDIATE STEPS: CALL POLICE, SECURE THE PREMISES, PRESERVE EVIDENCE, RETAIN WITNESSES, AND AVOID DISCUSSION OF THE EVENT UNTIL THE AUTHORITIES ARRIVE. SECURITY CONSCIOUSNESS, HOWEVER, IS THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST ROBBERY. DIAGRAMS AND ILLUSTRATIONS ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Alarm systems; Armed robbery; Business security; Community crime prevention programs; Crime prevention measures; Personal Security/Self Protection; Police crime-prevention; Privacy and security; Security
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