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If You Become a Robbery Victim

Should you find yourself the victim of a robbery, remember the tips outlined below.

Always remember to stay calm, listen and observe intently, do not resist and report the crime as soon as possible.

  • Don’t resist. Give up your property; don’t give up your life.
  • Do not volunteer any information or do anything other than what the robber asks. Listen carefully and pay attention to the robber's appearance and demeanor.
  • One of the most important things to do if you are being robbed is to do as you are told and try to observe:
    • If a vehicle is involved, try to get the make, color, and license plate number;
    • Commit as much about the robber's appearance as you can to memory: sex, race, age, height, weight, hair color, scars, tattoos, and clothing.
  • Try to avoid sudden moves. The robber is just as nervous as you.
  • Call 911 or on-site security right away. The first minutes after a crime occurs are critical to law enforcement.
  • Describe exactly what occurred with as many details as possible. Give complete descriptions such as listed above (sex, race, age, height weight, hair color, scars, tattoos, and clothing, and if a vehicle was involved, the make, color, and license plate).
  • If you observe a crime in progress, stay calm and call 911 or on-site security. Your actions can help prevent others from being victims.