Robbery is a crime that, historically, has been focused on banks, credit unions, and businesses. However, a more recent trend has been the robbery of individuals in public.
To prevent and minimize injury to robbery victims, we are recommending the following steps:
- businesses should have an operational video surveillance system;
- cashier locations should be situated close to the front window so that passing motorists and pedestrians can detect unusual activities;
- notify the Port Moody Police Department if there are suspicious individuals hanging around outside the business;
- exterior portions of the business should be well lit to discourage robbers from hiding in the shadows;
- remove all bushes which block the clear view of the front entrance of the building;
- do not keep large sums of money in the cash register or on the premises;
- use a drop-off safe or night deposit at a local financial institution;
- have at least two staff dropping off money at a financial institution;
- remain calm if a robber produces a demand note;
- do not antagonize the robber as the weapon he/she has may be loaded;
- look at the robber and make a mental note of his/her physical description;
- watch the direction of travel of the robber after he/she leaves the business and any vehicle license numbers associated to them;
- after the robber has left the business, immediately dial 911 and the Port Moody Police Department will attend immediately;
- immediately thereafter, lock the business until the police arrive;
- ask all the individuals in the business to remain there until the police arrive;
- do not touch anything that may have been touched by the robber; and
- save the robbery note and present it to the police when they arrive.
The Port Moody Police Department offers a free service to come and conduct a robbery session with you and your staff. To make an appointment, please telephone the Port Moody Police Department at 604-461-3456 and ask to speak to someone in our Community Policing Section.
If you wish more information on the topic of robberies – visit this website –
SafeCanada – Robbery.