to Prevent Robberies and Losses
- Don't keep large amounts of
cash in cash register.
- Don't keep extra money in the
cigar box under the counter - everyone knows to look there
- Keep several bills in the cash
register with serial numbers you have written down - this
aids police to trace stolen money and identify the criminal.
- A radio or TV playing in the
back room of a store can give the impression someone else is
there with you - this can give a would-be robber second
thoughts about chancing a robbery.
- When going to the bank, take
someone with you.
- When going to the bank, never
take the same route every day and do not go at the same time
every day; robbers watch for such routines and act
- Be careful whom you discuss
your business routines with (or who can overhear you discuss
- Never discuss your burglar
alarm system or other precautions with anyone except trusted
- Never approach a night
depository while anyone else is there.
- Wait until they leave; if
someone acts suspicious or takes a "long time" at
the depository, call the police.
- Be alert at closing and
opening times for anyone loitering or acting suspicious
around your business place or office.
- Don't open the door to anyone
after you have closed, no matter what "story"
someone gives you.
- Establish a code word or
phrase that will tip-off other employees or other persons
that a crime is in progress without arousing the suspicion
of the criminal.
- When receiving checks,
immediately mark on the back: "For Deposit Only to the
Account of (Your Business)".
- If you keep a handgun in your
business or office, be sure it is both registered and
licensed - otherwise it is illegal for you to have it.
Further, know how to use it accurately and know the laws
dealing with firearms to keep yourself out of trouble.
- Knowing the complete
description of a criminal suspect greatly aids police in
finding the suspect.
- See what a police artist looks
for in trying to determine a full description.
- Some crimes happen very
quickly and a long look at the suspect is not possible.
Remember as many details about the suspect's description as
you can, however, and be prepared to identify that person
If you find it difficult
to accurately estimate a person's age, height or weight,
then compare the holdup man's features with your own or
someone else's features who will be present on the arrival
of the police.
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For more information, contact the Office of
State Senator Vincent J. Fumo.
|1208 Tasker Street|
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Philadelphia, PA 19134
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
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