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Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. Robbery Prevention Program. Robbery Prevention. Robbery is defined by Colorado Revised Statutes as a person who knowingly takes anything of value from the person or the presence of another by use of force, threats, or intimidation. Robbery Prevention.

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    1. Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Robbery Prevention Program

    2. Robbery Prevention • Robbery is defined by Colorado Revised Statutes as a person who knowingly takes anything of value from the person or the presence of another by use of force, threats, or intimidation.

    3. Robbery Prevention • In 2003, a total of 3,577 robberies were reported by law enforcement agencies in Colorado. • This is a 3.8% increase from 2002. • Robberies accounted for 6.5% of the major offenses reported in Colorado.

    4. Robbery Prevention Opening Procedures • Check your place of business first by driving by and looking for anyone or anything that is suspicious. • Pay attention to the parking lots, streets, alleyways and dark spots around your place of business.

    5. Robbery Prevention Opening Procedures • If possible, have more than one employee open. • Have your keys ready before you approach the door. • Get in as quick as possible.

    6. Robbery Prevention Opening Procedures • Establish a safety signal to notify other employees that it is safe to enter the business. • If something seems out of place, call 911 and contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office immediately.

    7. Robbery Prevention Closing Procedures • If possible, never close your place of business alone. • Pay attention to late arriving customers. • Never let a customer in after you have closed.

    8. Robbery Prevention Closing Procedures • Make certain that the place of business is empty and secure the doors before you turn your attention to closing procedures. • Remain alert for anyone or anything that is suspicious. • If you see suspicious activity, report it to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office immediately.

    9. Robbery Prevention Tips • Clear windows to increase visibility inside your place of business. • Maintain good lighting of the interior and exterior of your place of business. • Train your employees on prevention and response procedures. • Include regular training from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

    10. Robbery Prevention Tips • Know your customers. • Make eye contact with your customers. • Watch people in the lobby and exterior for unusual activity. • Have employees randomly walk through the lobby to greet people.

    11. Robbery Prevention Tips • If your business has an alarm, train your employees in its use. • Test alarms frequently to ensure proper function. • Have signs stating there is a silent alarm on premises.

    12. Robbery Prevention Tips • Question any unscheduled maintenance. • Install door viewers (180 degree minimum) on exterior doors if applicable. • Do not leave any back or exterior doors open.

    13. During A Robbery • Reassure the suspect that you will cooperate in every way. Robbers usually are excited and may be provoked easily. • Don’t be a hero; don’t take chances.

    14. During a Robbery • Give the robber only what they demand. • Stay calm. • Use dye packs, tracking devices, bait money, etc. when giving money but don’t make it obvious.

    15. During A Robbery • OBSERVE CAREFULLY • Take a good look at your suspect(s). Notice any details that will aid you in describing them and their mannerisms. • Make comparisons between them and yourself or people you know.

    16. During A Robbery • Memorize peculiarities such as tattoos