Two employees should open and close the business.
Before opening the business, one employee should check outside areas for possible break-ins. Also look to see that there are no suspicious persons hanging around. Garbage dumpsters are prime places where robbers hide, awaiting your arrival. Also note suspicious vehicles.
When closing, check all areas inside for possible persons hiding in the business. Keep a spare key in a prearranged room, in case an employee is locked inside after a robbery.
Keep a phone hidden for such an emergency.
Do not admit customers after store hours.
Keep the telephone number of your police department near the phone.
Be aware that sometimes merchants are followed back to their businesses or to their homes by robbers. Certain safety precautions should be followed regarding vehicles and home safety. Do not always travel the same routes to and from work. Be observant and check often to see if you are followed.
Know where police stations and fire stations are in your area. These locations are places of safety should you suspect that you are being followed.
Write down the license plate number of any suspicious vehicles. It is better to throw it away because you don’t need it, than to wish you had it.
Keep the inside of your business well lighted, especially the entrances and exits.
The cash register should be visible from outside the store. A clear view to the register from the street or parking lot assists police officers to see inside as they patrol the area. If the windows are blocked they can not see in.
Mark the edge of the main doorway with measuring tape. This will help in obtaining a more accurate height of the robber.
Keep cash at a minimum, and post notices in the doorway of this fact.
Consider the installation of video cameras or alarm systems.
Do not advertise that you are carrying the bank deposit.
Avoid wearing name tags or clothing advertising your business when you are carrying the deposit.
Make deposits during the daylight hours.
Go directly to the bank. Do not make other stops along the way. Do not take the same route to the bank each time you go and do not go at the same time each day.