Robbery Prevention Tips

Before A Robbery

If you are frightened, yell “HELP” and call 911

  • Trust your instincts – If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
  • Show confidence – Walk at a steady pace, keep your head up, and avoid carrying lots of packages. Send the message that you are calm and confident.
  • Do not wear headphones or look at your cell phone when walking.
  • Be observant – Look around. Be aware of your surroundings and the people in them.
  • Remain alert - Know who is walking behind and in front of you. Things to watch for include suspicious persons or vehicles, people who are wearing inappropriate clothing for the weather (Example: A facemask in the middle of summer), and people just loitering around.
  • Be extra cautious in transitional spaces – (e.g., walking from your car to your house). If your keys are equipped with a panic button, have your finger ready to press it. Always have your keys in-hand before you reach the door.
  • Have family members meet you outside when arriving home.
  • Get to know your neighbors where you live and work.
  • Stick to well lighted streets and well-populated areas – Avoid shortcuts, wooded areas, alleys, and isolated parking lots and garages.
  • Safety in numbers – Walk with friends or in a group.
  • Never flash large amounts of money or other valuables – Robbers are often tempted by money, jewelry, clothing, and electronics.
  • Do not use ATM machines at night – Robbers often wait for individuals to withdrawal money when it is dark outside. Never approach an ATM machine if you are uneasy about people nearby.
  • Use well lighted public transportation stops.

During A Robbery

  • Stay calm and don’t resist – Do as instructed. Don’t make sudden moves.
  • Keep your hands in sight at all times.
  • Get a look at the robber but don’t stare.  Do your best to look for something distinctive about the suspect(s). Take note of the type of weapon, get-away vehicle, etc.
  • Personal safety first! Money and property is not important and CAN be replaced!
  • Don’t chase or follow the robber. Let the police catch the robber. Call 911!