What to do during a robbery?

Armed Robbery is a common occurrence in South Africa, and 2016/2017 statistics reveal that it is on a steady increase. Businesses and households are both vulnerable to these attacks and it is therefore imperative to not only know how to avoid an armed robbery from occurring but what to do if you are ever involved in one

  • The key to your safety during an armed robbery is cooperation. Remain calm and cooperate with all demands made by the robber(s).
  • Do not make eye contact with them. Keep your head down at all times and do not look at them.
  • Only activate an alarm or panic if you can do so secretly. If you can’t do it secretly then don’t do it
  • Tell the robber(s) about anything that might surprise them, such as you are expecting company soon
  • If you have to move, tell the robber what you are doing so that he is not threatened by your movement
  • Try to obtain as much detail as you can, in terms of race, age, sex and anything unusual such as tattoos or scars. This can be difficult when avoiding eye-contact with the robbers, but it is important to take note of anything that may be helpful
  • When the robbers have left, do not get up immediately. Wait a minute or two before getting up
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