‘Chef’ wields gun in store

2015-04-30 14:47

A man armed with a gun and dressed in a chef’s uniform robbed a jewellery store in Kenilworth last week.

The incident occurred on Friday 10 April at 18:15.

Captain Angie Latchman, spokesperson of the Claremont police cluster, says it is alleged that an unknown man ­entered a jewellery store at Kenilworth Shopping Centre.

“The suspect held up the staff at gunpoint and robbed the store of a large amount of jewellery. The suspect was very specific as to which cabinet he required jewellery from,” Latchman says.

No shots were fired and no one was injured.

Latchman says the suspect fled from the scene in an unknown direction. No arrests have yet been made.

Keep your business secureLatchman provides business owners with some advice on how to prevent business robberies and how to handle cash on business premises.

“Keep cash on hand to a minimum and do not exceed certain amounts of cash at till points. Remove excess cash from registers and secure this cash in a safe, which is not accessible to the public. Ensure that banking is done regularly and avoid keeping large amounts of cash on the premises. Vary your banking times so that you do not set a pattern which is easily noticeable,” she says.

She also advises business owners to have controlled entrances and to ensure that premises are not overcrowded.

If you have a firearm, ensure that it is secured in a safe on the premises.

Ensure that you have proper security gates installed.

“We would also like to urge business owners to be alert during opening and closing times and to work in pairs to prevent being overpowered or surprised,” she says.

Business owners are also asked to keep a visible list of emergency numbers on hand. Staff must be made aware of these emergency numbers and where to find them if an incident occurs.

Latchman urges that business owners invest in a panic button, preferably one to be worn on the body.

“We urge staff to always check the identity of people who visit your store for deliveries or other business reasons. Verify and keep staff aware of all maintenance being done and insist on verification of persons who may need access to the premises,” she says.

Latchman says in the event a robbery has occurred staff and business owners are asked to contact the police immediately.

“Move everyone outside the premises to avoid contamination of the crime scene and do not allow any entrance into the premises until the police arrive,” she advises

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