Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Robbery Prevention Tips
The Bryan Police Department would like to share some robbery prevention tips with our citizens and business community. Our statistics show that robberies are down this year compared to the previous year and we would like to keep it that way. The holiday seasons are upon us and our previous statistics show that robberies tend to increase during this time of year. The Bryan Police Department would like to take a proactive role in continuing to prevent robberies in our city and educate our citizens with safety tips.
The Bryan Police Department is taking the time to check on small businesses that might be prone to robbery. By checking on these businesses, we make our presence known, give a sense of security to the clerks, owners, and citizens. And at the same time we provide safety tips to make sure they are making their store welcoming to customers and not criminals. Patrol, the Neighborhood Enforcement team, and other specialized units are driving by stores and looking for the following:
- Are the store windows clear of multiple advertisements or closed blinds that prevent us from looking in to check on the business or the clerk from looking out?
- Is there enough lighting inside and outside of the store?
- Is there a working surveillance system that meets the city ordinance requiring convenience stores to have an operational video surveillance system?
We also want to educate and remind our local businesses of the following safety tips during this busy holiday season:
- Practice cash control and keep low amounts of money in your registers.
- Make several deposits a day instead of one large deposit.
- Change your deposit drop times and routes.
- Donít carry a bank "moneybag" that advertises you have a large amount of money.
- Keep your cash register in view to the outside public.
- Watch for suspicious persons inside and outside the business or in parked cars.
- Look for people wearing inappropriate clothing for current weather conditions, like oversized hats, hooded sweatshirts, gloves, and jackets.
- It is best to have two people at closing times.
- Have your employees use the front door instead of side or rear entrances.
- Place height markers at the exits of the business to gauge a suspectís height as he or she enters or leaves the business.
- Have a silent robbery alarm installed.
- Use a safe that the clerk cannot open alone or is on a timer. Then advertise that information in the store on a wall near the clerk.
Most of all if you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Donít be afraid to call the police department if you see something strange or out of the ordinary. Call 911 if it is an emergency or call 979-209-5300. By contacting us, we will contact you and that places a marked unit in the area along with a uniformed officer. Working together with the citizens of Bryan and the Bryan Police Department, we can help ensure that this holiday season will be safer.
Officer Jon Agnew
Public Information Officer
Bryan Police Department
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