The Santa Monica Police Department’s Community Relations Unit works to develop innovative outreach strategies to promote public safety and awareness. One of our commitments this year is robbery suppression. Recently, officers interviewed a commercial robbery suspect to determine his ‘Modus Operandi’, or how he determined which place to rob. The suspect would look for weaknesses in the business’s attention to security. The most common weaknesses noticed by the suspect were: 1) there was only one employee, usually a female on the premises and 2) there were no visible surveillance cameras.
Every business owner, manager and employee plays a part in making businesses safe. The following are suggestions for what to do in order to prevent a robbery, as well as what to do if one should occur. In addition, the SMPD offers free Security Surveys, where a representative will meet with you to offer suggestions on how to improve the safety of your business.
Robbery Prevention Tips
What to do During a Robbery
What to do After a Robbery