‘Robbery a risky business’

2015-09-29 06:00
Warrant officer Silviono Davids, spokesperson of Wynberg Policea long with the local community improvement district urge business owners to take extra precaution against becoming a victim of crime at the their business premises. 

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Warrant officer Silviono Davids, spokesperson of Wynberg Policea long with the local community improvement district urge business owners to take extra precaution against becoming a victim of crime at the their business premises. PHOTO: astrid f

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Robbers want one thing – your money or property – and they want it quickly.

This is according to a guide on robbery prevention and responding to robbery.

These tips on crime prevention were put together by the Wynberg police station and the local improvement district company.

Warrant officer Silvino Davids, spokesperson of Wynberg police station, says the guidelines are mainly aimed at business owners, but the general public can also follow the guidelines to ensure they stay safe and secure.

“As the festive season approaches police are gearing up to ensure we monitor and patrol all the crime hotspots, which include local businesses, while we also urge residents to be extra vigilant during this period,” he says.

Davids says the guide includes tips on robbery prevention, visibility, cash control, building security and security devices.

“Robbery is a risky business and robbers are nervous. You do not want to delay a robbery in any way and increase the potential for violence. Give robbers what they want and do it quickly. Do not risk your life or another person’s life for property,” Davids says.

He further says that robberies occur at predictable times. Opening and closing periods are particularly vulnerable times because there are fewer staff members in attendance and large amounts of cash on hand.

“Lunch hours are primary times for the same reason,” Davids says.

Robberies increase during the holiday season due to the increased cash volume and the presence of large crowds that distract and preoccupy store and business employees.

“Report suspicious activity and if you observe an individual or occupied car lingering around your business or residence for a time or in a manner that makes you suspicious or uncomfortable, write down the licence number and colour of the car. Also give a description of the individual(s) and call police. Be sure to inform other employees of your suspicion,” he says.

Cash control

Davids urges business owners to not keep unnecessary amounts of money in the till. Keep only the amount you will need to conduct normal business, and transfer the rest to the bank or a safe.

During the evening take even greater precautions. Davids explains that owners and managers must check to see outside light are on and working.

He further says that if you feel like you are being followed while transporting money, you should drive or walk to an open business, police or fire station.

Building security and security devices

Building securityDevelop a company security procedure, suggests Davids. This procedure should state the company’s dedication to a crime-free workplace and include details on dealing with trespassers or difficult people, opening and closing the office, recommendations for personal and personal property security, whom to report crimes and suspicious activities to within the office and the location of an emergency exit.

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