Advice guide - Protecting your business against robbery
Protect your business against robbery
Simple security precautions
- Remove advertising or posters from windows if they obstruct the view of staff.
- Don’t hold large amounts of cash in your till.
- Do not count cash in public view. Cashing up should take place in a back room, preferably where the safe is located, with the door locked.
- Staff need to be aware they must be extra vigilant at opening time and in the lead up to closing time.
- Keep a record of all suspicious incidents.
- Advertise the security systems that are in place.
- Train staff on how to deal with the public in violent or confrontational situations.
Other security options
- Install CCTV
- Install a remote locking device that allows you to control who enters the premises.
- Install intruder and hold-up alarms. For details of approved alarm companies please visit The National Security Inspectorate website www.nsi.org.uk
- Install a safe with a time delay system
Banking can be a vulnerable time, as the journey to the bank means you do not have the security that you have in-store. Reduce the risk:
- Identify a number of safe routes to the bank.
- Vary the days, times and routes of bank runs.
- Place cash in a rucksack, rather than a cash tin or bag.
- Use physically fit staff who have received relevant security training.
What to do if a robbery takes place
- Close your business immediately as this will help the police crime scene examiners.
- Help customers or staff who may have been injured or appear to be suffering from shock.
- Call police dial 999 and provide the operator with details. They will need the address, details of any injuries, and details about the offenders.
- Don’t touch anything that has been handled or left by the robber(s). Firearms or other weapons should not be touched but left in place for police to deal with.
- Secure any CCTV images. Do not watch the footage, but tell police that CCTV exists.
Robbery is a traumatic offence and affects people differently.If you or a colleague need help contact the Victim Support Helpline 0845 30 30 900 or visit: www.victimsupport.org.uk
Advice and tips from our Crime Prevention Unit on protecting your business against robbery.
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