Being the victim of a robbery is often a traumatic time. Hopefully this will never happen to you but if you do find yourself involved in a robbery situation here is some advice to try and keep you safe:
- Stay calm and try not to panic
- Do not take risks. Avoid sudden movements and explain any overt actions you are about to make. An armed criminal can be unpredictable and/or ruthless.
- Do not reach for pockets, handbags or activate a hold up alarm unless you are certain you can do so without being seen
- Do not ‘have a go’. Goods and cash can be replaced. Your safety and that of your colleagues and customers is paramount
- Do exactly as you are told
- Do not become involved. Avoid confrontational eye contact with the raider
- Walk away from the immediate area, but only if there are barriers between you and the offenders.
What should I do afterwards?
- Contact the police on 999
- Give them any descriptions of the offender(s) and the vehicle and let them know whether anyone has been injured
- Secure the premises and stop trading. This gives the police the best possible chance of finding forensic evidence.
Cheshire Constabulary supports Raid Control, a national crime reduction initiative that aims to raise security standards in retail premises, thereby reducing the potential for commercial robbery and creating safer working environments.
To achieve Raid-control accreditation, retailers need to complete five standards;
- Have staff trained in raid awareness
- Have cash management systems in place
- Have time delay systems in use
- Have camera(s) in operation
- Make sure stolen cash is traceable by using money staining equipment.
For more information, please go to Raid Control's website.