In protecting your business from robbery, it is important to remember to take preventative measures and make it obvious that those measures have been taken.
Someone points a gun at you and demands your money. What do you do? Give it to him. Never refuse a robber!
If you have a silent alarm and can reach it unnoticed, use it. Otherwise, wait until the robber leaves. (Use your alarm with care. Excessive false alarms can cause problems for law enforcement and for you.)
If possible, signal other employees. Have a prearranged signal for such emergencies. Again, if the robber will see you, wait. Try to avoid sudden moves. Many robbers are just as nervous as you are.
The most important thing to do if you’re robbed: observe. The description of the suspect you give to law enforcement may be the only information they have to go on.
For more information about crime prevention, contact our District Offices staff:
Sergeant Julian Cosgriff
South District Office
677 W. Tennyson Road
Hayward, CA 94544