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JM | Aug 15, 2022

10 robbery prevention tips for businesses from the JCF

Tamoy Ashman

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Amid the current rise in robberies, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is advising business owners to practise some robbery prevention tips.

In a report on the current state of crime in Jamaica, Major General Antony Anderson, the commissioner of police, said overall crime rates were down.

However, robberies in Jamaica were up by 10.5 per cent at the end of July in comparison to last year.

Among the most recent high profile robbery cases took place at a popular hardware store in Manchester.

Nathan Thompson was a security guard at the hardware and an accomplice to the theft of more than $2 million.

Following his arrest in July, he was charged with robbery with aggravation and conspiracy to commit robbery on August 11.

10 robbery prevention tips

1 – Be alert to what is happening in your business all the time. Is there someone hanging around for no reason, especially at opening or closing time?

2 – Be aware of suspicious vehicles or persons outside the business at deposit time, opening time, and closing time.

 3 – Advise all employees to be alert to their surroundings. Greet customers as they enter the business. This gives potential robbers the impression you are alert and aware of their presence.

4 -Make the business as visible as possible from the exterior. Robbers don’t like to be highly visible.

5 – Call the police if you notice any suspicious persons or vehicles. 

6 – Keep cash on hand to an absolute minimum. Frequent deposits are recommended as this limits the profits for robbers. They will not come back if you do not have much to offer them.

7 – Keep extra doors locked.

8 – Keep at least two employees on duty at all times. Use the buddy system at opening and closing.

9 – Vary your routes and times of deposit. Also watch for suspicious vehicles and persons at banks and other financial institutions.

10 – Consider alarms and/or cameras.

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