During the holiday season most people are thinking of last minute shopping and large meals. However, not every one considers the holidays a time to celebrate, but rather an opportunity to commit a crime.
What is a Robbery?
A Robbery occurs when in the course of committing theft and with intent to obtain or maintain control of the property, the suspect intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.
What Is the Robber Looking for?
Location: Is the victim close to other people and places where they can be seen when he commits the offense?
Lighting: Is it a dark area that can hide the offense and escape?
Alertness: How alert is the victim? Are they paying attention to their surroundings?
Advertising: What does the victim have that the robber wants?
Distracted people: Don’t distract yourself by talking on a cell phone while going to school or work. See who is hanging outside or looking out the windows keeping a watchful eye on their neighbors.
• Always be aware of your surroundings and don’t be distracted.
• Try not to be in isolated and dark areas alone.
• When returning home, scan your neighborhood for individuals or activity that seems out of place before parking. The element of surprise is a criminal’s most important advantage.
• If you’re in the parking lot or driveway and you see someone you’re suspicious about, don’t exit your vehicle. Instead you can call someone out from the house or leave the area and come back when you feel safe to do so.
• When taking packages from your car to your house don’t leave your vehicle unlocked with packages inside. Also, when you enter your house don’t leave the door open behind you when unloading packages.
• If you feel you’re being followed, drive to a safe place, such as a police station.
• Don’t be a hero by taking an action that can jeopardize someone’s safety.
• If you are robbed, follow the robber’s directions, but do not volunteer more than he asks for.
• If you must put your hands in your pockets/purse explain the action before doing it.
Things to remember
Make a mental note of the robber’s description, what was said, what kind of weapon was used, and where it was placed. Note any accomplices and how they escaped, direction of travel, type and color of vehicle, and license number.