• Light up all entrances with vandal-proof fixtures.
Burglars like a nice dark place in which to work.
• Keep some lights on inside, and place them near the
rear so that an intruder’s silhouette can be seen from
• Install a good alarm system and have it checked
regularly. Make sure it is wired to go off at all potential
points of entry, including doors, windows, roof
openings, loading docks and vents.
• Keep as little cash around as possible. Make bank
deposits frequently, but, irregularly so as not to
establish a discernible pattern.
• Securely anchor your safe in a highly visible, well lit
• Empty your cash drawers and leave them open after
• Keep the premises visible from the street; avoid
blocking the interior view with high window displays
and/or advertisements on windows.
• Make sure trees and shrubs around entranceways are
• Don’t leave ladders or tools lying around that a
burglar could use to help him break in.
Some Additional Tips
• If a burglar does get in, don’t make it easy for him/her
to remove items. Bolt racks to the floor, alternate
hangers on the rack, and lock small valuables in
• If you discover a break-in, call the police immedi-
ately. Don’t enter the premises until police arrive.
The thief may still be inside, or you may disturb
• Try not to work alone, but if you must, leave a radio
playing in a back room to create the impression that
someone else is there.
• If possible, arrange counters so that customers face
the street in full view of people passing by.
• Avoid turning your back on customers to answer the
phone or handle paperwork.
• Keep some “bait money” in the
cash drawer; record dates and
serial numbers of bills so
they can be
Facing an armed robber is a frightening and dangerous
experience. Most robbers carry weapons and are likely to
use them if provoked or frightened.
Your own personal safety and that of your employees
and customers is m