Tips for people who are being robbed


The Colorado Association of Robbery Investigators offers these tips for people who are being robbed:

  • Try to stay calm. Don't make any sudden movements to upset the robber.
  • Do exactly as you are told. Do not resist!
  • Activate your alarm only if you can do so secretly.
  • Tell the robber about anything that might surprise him, such as someone who is expected to arrive soon.
  • If you have to move or reach, tell the robber what you are going to do and why.
  • Try to get a good look at the robber so you can describe him later.
  • Don't be a hero. It's better to lose your money than your life.
  • Give the robber time to leave.
  • Note his direction of travel when he leaves.
  • Try to get a description of his vehicle only if you can do so without exposing yourself to harm.
  • After the robbery, the association advises:
  • Call the police immediately, even if you have already activated the alarm.
  • Close the store and lock the door(s) if you have a key.
  • Do not discuss the details of the robbery with witnesses or fellow employees.
  • Ask any witnesses to stay until police arrive. If they can't, get their names, phone numbers and addresses.
  • Do not touch anything that the robber may have touched. Block off areas where the robber was, if necessary.
  • Try to recall as much as you can about the robber's appearance, speech and mannerisms. Make notes.
  • Step outside the store when the police arrive so that they'll know the robber is gone and you are safe.
  • Let the police answer inquiries from the news media.
  • Do not discuss the amount of money taken with anyone other than police.


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