Closing Time – Are you safe?

The recent aggravated robbery in Tauranga where a female staff  member was confronted by an offender carrying a sawn off shotgun is a timely reminder that a high risk time of the day/night for staff is at closing time.

This particular event occured at 1215 am as the staff member was cashing up. There are a number of factors that contribute to the risk of robbery occuring at this time:

  • Not alot of people around.
  • Stocks of cash are onsite from the days business.
  • Normally low light conditions.
  • The vigilant mindset of most people at this time is probably not as alert as it could be.
  • Staff are tired.
  • At some stage staff need to leave the building…often unaccompanied and on foot.

These factors alone increase the chance of staff becoming victims of an aggravated robbery.

A few things to consider to reduce the risk at this time of the day/night.

  • Ensure all customers are out then lock the door.
  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked when cashing up.
  • Do not allow after hours customer.
  • Make sure alarms are set before leaving the site.
  • Try and leave with someone else.
  • Try and get your vehicle close to the exit to minimise your time on foot.
  • Have keys ready.
  • Check your vehicle before getting in.
  • Arrange for staff escorts if there is a perceived risk.
  • Talk on a cell phone.
  • If you see anything suspicious do not leave. Stay inside and contact the Police.
  • If you are being followed do not go home…go towards help where there are people.

We are all empowered to do as much as we can to minimise risk and reduce harm.



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