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Armed Robbery Prevention & Response Tips
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The Mount Pleasant Police Department does not guarantee that following the above precautions will prevent you from being the victim of an armed robbery; however it can reduce the chances. For information on armed robbery crime prevention tips, contact the crime prevention officer at (843) 849-2779.

Prevention
  • The first deterrent to armed robbery is to practice and advertise a cash-control policy: 
    • A cash limit should be adopted and signs should be posted at entry doors and cash registers
    • Extra cash or large bills should be placed in a safe
    • Money should be deposited as often as practical
    • Look outside to see if there are suspicious persons lingering before leaving the store with a deposit
    • Vary the route, times, and method of bringing cash out of the store
    • Use plain bags - don’t look like you are carrying money bags
  • The second is visibility: 
    • Employees should be able to see out in order to observe suspicious persons
    • Passers-by should be able to look in at the cash register
    • Employees should be able to be identified by clothing
    • There should be ample lighting both in the parking lot and throughout the business
    • Signs or shelves should be placed so as not to obscure visibility
  • Alarms are another deterrent factor: 
    • The most important factor in an alarm is the safety with which it can be activated 
    • One of the safest types of alarms is a “money clip”
    • Do not use a panic button alarm, unless it can be activated safely and discreetly
  • Operating procedures: 
    • Greet every person who enters the business
    • Have more than one employee in the store at all times
    • If possible, have two persons open and close the store
    • Rear and side doors should be kept locked at all times
    • Employees should be asked to use the main entrance
    • Storage rooms should be equipped with special locks, and holdup buttons should be considered

Response 
  • Cooperate and do exactly what the robber asks
  • Be as polite and accommodating as possible
  • Tell the robber in advance if you need to make any move, especially one that they don’t expect
  • Do not try to use an alarm, unless you can do so safely without any obvious movement 
  • Do not try to be a hero; money can be replaced, a life cannot

After the Robbery
  • Lock the doors immediately
  • If you haven’t had a safe opportunity to activate the alarm, do so now 
  • Call 9-1-1 and follow the dispatcher’s instructions

More Information

The Mount Pleasant Police Department does not guarantee that following the above precautions will prevent you from being the victim of an armed robbery; however, it can reduce the chances. For more information on this topic, contact the crime prevention officer at (843) 849-2779.