Is your business prepared with a plan to respond to a potential robbery or bomb threat?
This type of violent threat can come to any business that deals with the public or with monetary transactions. Convenience stores, banking, pharmacies, and jewelers and are high on the list.
Below are several essential tips for what to do if you find yourself confronted by an armed robber:
- Offer no physical resistance. Do not be a hero! Safety must be your number one priority.
- Follow the robber’s instructions.
- Do not argue or attempt to stop or apprehend the robber.
- Do not make sudden movements.
- Advise the robber of any surprises or unexpected events that may occur.
- Mentally note the physical description and dress of the robber(s). Do not stare or draw attention to yourself.
- Try to retain the note if one is used. Do not handle it any more than is necessary.
- As soon as the robber is gone, call the Sheriff or Police Department and provide the following information.
- Location of crime
- Number of suspects
- Direction of flight
- Vehicle used (if any)
Bomb threat/Active Shooter – While not as common, you should still have a plan in place should one of these scenarios happen. Create procedures such as notification lists of who should be contacted and evacuation plans for your employees and customers.
- SAFEME’s Workplace Violence module ENG ESP
- RS SafetyTV– Workplace Violence
- RS Safety Library
- Here is the WAC Rule for late-night workers.
Please review your current policy or plan and share it with your employees at your next safety meeting. If you don’t have a plan, feel free to contact me to assist you.
Rick Means, Director of Safety and Education, is available to help members with safety. Contact Rick at 360-943-9198, Ext. 118 or [email protected].