Department of Public Safety
It is important to be aware of your surroundings, as this can reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim. If something seems off or you have a bad feeling, leave the area and move to a more public place. If you can’t avoid it, and you should find yourself in the middle of a robbery, follow the below steps:
- Stay calm and try not to panic.
- Avoid confrontational eye contact or making any sudden movements.
- Cooperate – remember that items can be replaced, people cannot.
- While cooperation is important, do not voluntarily help the suspect (For example, don’t give the suspect more than what he asks for, like more money or additional items like watches, cell phones, computers).
- Be observant – try to get as much detail about the suspect as possible (i.e. race, gender, hair & eye color, height, weight, clothing, weapon used, direction of travel etc.) Also, obtain as much detail as you can about any involved vehicles (i.e. color, make, model, license plate, body type, year).
- Immediately following the robbery, move to a safe location and call for help as soon as you possibly can. The faster the incident is reported, the better the chances of catching the suspect.
The best defense against becoming a victim of a larceny is to maintain control over your belongings. Don’t leave things unattended, even for a second. It only takes a thief a fraction of a second to pick up an item and make off with it. Avoid leaving items out in plain view. Items that can be seen through a window, whether it’s a home or a vehicle, can be enticing to a thief. Bottom line, if it’s valuable, place it out of sight. However, if you should find yourself the victim of a larceny, follow the below steps:
- Call the Public Safety Department as soon as possible to report the incident.
- Provide the best possible description of the item(s) stolen (i.e. size, color, make, model, serial number, value, quantity, etc.).
- Make note of the last time/date the item(s) were seen, and where they were seen.
- Make note of the time/date the item(s) were discovered stolen.
- Provide information on anyone else that may have use of, or access to, the item(s).