DO NOT CANCEL ALARM
CALLS - ALLOW THE POLICE TO RESPOND!
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 the videotapes regularly if you install a VHS system.
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
Place excess money in a
safe or deposit it as soon as possible.
Keep your business neat
and clean. A tidy, orderly place of business is inviting
to customers, but not to robbers.
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. If you have a cellular phone
equipped with a camera, photograph suspicious individuals or
suspicious vehicles with the attached license number if
Make sure the sales
counter can be seen clearly. Do not put up advertisements,
flyers, displays, signs, posters, or other items on windows or
doors that might obstruct the view of the register from inside
or outside your business. The police cruising by your
store need to be able to inside of your business.
Try to greet customers as
they enter your business. Look them in they eye and ask if
they need assistance. Your attention can discourage a
Keep your business
well-lit inside and outside. Employees should report any
burned-out lights to the business owner or manager. Keep
trees and bushes trimmed so they do not block any outdoor
Encourage the police to
stop by your business.
Learn the names of the
officers who patrol your business.
Use care after dark.
Be cautious when cleaning the parking lot or taking out the
trash. Make sure another employee inside the business
keeps you within eye contact while you are involved in work
details outside of your business.
If you see something
suspicious, call the police. Never try to handle it
yourself. It could cost you your life.
Handle cash carefully.
Avoid making your business a tempting target for robbers.
Keep the amount of cash in registers low. Drop all large
bills right away. If a customer tries to pay with a large
bill, politely ask if he or she has a smaller bill.
Explain that you keep very little cash on hand.
Use only one register at
night. Leave other registers empty and open. Tilt
the register drawer to show there is no money inside.
Leave blinds and drapes
partially open during closing hours.
Make sure important signs
stay posted. For example, the front door should bare signs
that say, "Clerk Cannot Open The Time Lock Safe."