Preventing Armed Robbery - During a Robbery
By Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute
Monday, March 17, 2008; 7:00 pm
|Preventing Armed Robbery|
|During a Robbery|
|After a Robbery|
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What to Do During
- Stay Calm
Keep calm: Let the robber know that you intend to cooperate.
Don't make any sudden moves.
Warn the robber of any surprises such as an employee in the back, delivery people, or a customer about to enter the business.
- Do What You're Told
Don't argue: Obey all of the robber's orders. Keep all communication with the robber short and simple.
- Give It Up
Turn the money over to the robber. Try to treat this as if it was just another business transaction.
- Don't Try
Remember whether a robber produces a weapon or not, you must assume that the robber is armed and that the robber has the advantage and controls the scene. More importantly he/she will not hesitate to use it. Do not fight the robber or use a weapon—violence will only increase everyone's personal risk.
The time to push the ALARM is AFTER the robber has left your business.