Holiday Safety Tips from the Richland County Sheriff's Department

Before a robbery:

Teach and Practice, Practice and Teach (Train to be alert to your surroundings; a good witnesses and involved citizen)

Evidence Collection Equipment (Cameras, Smooth surfaces, Height Tape)

Have Policy and Procedures ( Closing, Money handling, passive, hiring and firing)

During a robbery:

Assure the Criminal that you will give them what they want

Announce your actions and movements

Have a plan

Be good witness and be passive


 7 Steps After a robbery:

  1. Lock the doors
  2. Sound the alarm/911
  3. Verify all employees are safe
  4. Preserve the crime scene
  5. Ask customers to stay
  6. Fill out suspect ID sheet
  7. Pat yourself on the back-you survived

Reporting a robbery has occurred:

Give your location

Stay calm

Be specific(where, what, who, give details)

Stay on the phone

Remember that:

You may be telling us something that we are not aware of or you may be giving us the information that we need to investigate and possibly make an arrest. Suspicious Activity is an event taking place out of the ordinary which could lead to a crime or be a crime in progress.

Protective Measures to prevent robbery:

Limit access to work areas

Have alternate staff exits

Know how to report problems

Report threatening and suspicious activity to police

Electronic access control.

Silent alarms.

Metal detectors.

Video cameras.

Have Security Surveys done

Improve Lighting and Visibility


Have the police became familiar with your facility.

Practice good crime prevention.

Be "law enforcement friendly".

Utilize local associations to keep abreast of current trends.

Personal Safety

1)    Report all suspicious activity, persons and cars to the police immediately.  Nothing is too small to be reported.

2)    Use drive up ATMs.

3)    Business deposits should be made at alternating times, during the day and with a co-worker.

4)    Do not leave valuable items in plain view of windows in your car.

5)    Do not "Flash" cash, money/deposit bags or banking documents.

6)    Businesses should cut all bushes and trees back from around windows and doors to avoid hiding spots and shadows.

7)    Outside floodlights should be left on from dusk to dawn.  REMOVE motion detectors and put in timers.

8)    Always park in well-lighted locations and go shopping or do your banking with a friend.

9)    Be alert at all times.

10) Be aware of who is watching you.