Robbery Homicide of a Tampa Florida Convenience Store Owner
- How mom and pop stores and small budgets prevent armed robbery?
- How to reduce the robbery-homicide risk in a high-crime neighborhood?
- Interview by Tony Marrero with The Tampa Bay Times.
Podcast Time Stamps:
[00:40] — Show introduction to Crime School Security Expert Chris McGoey
[03:40] — Interview begins with Tony Marrero at Tampa Bay Times newspaper
[05:40] — In 2011 and 2017, same-store owner confronted robbers and was shot
[06:50] — What can mom and pop stores do to prevent armed robbery violence?
[08:00] — Neighborhood exhibited high-crime posture with bars on windows
[09:20] — Store needed security bars on windows with blocked with signs
[11:20] — Do bullet-resistant barriers prevent violence like robbery homicide?
[15:45] — Video of 2011 robbery of the 29th Street Store is available to view
[17:15] — Convenience store chains use time-delay drop-safes for cash control
[18:15] — Hard to get store operators not to resist during robbery homicide threat
[20:30] — High-crime neighborhoods need retail stores but cost more to secure
Robbery Homicide Crime Risk Preventive Steps
- Ask the local police for help in evaluating business crime risk at your location
- Evaluate prior crime risk, neighborhood crime, and quality of escape routes
- Limit hours of operation for isolated stores in residential neighborhoods
- Maximize visibility in and out of the store by keeping windows clear of signs
- Multiple clerks on duty may prevent some robberies, but not always
- Use a time-delay drop safe in high crime stores to help reduce cash on hand
- Implement and enforce strict cash handling policies to limit available cash
- Don’t accept bills larger than $20 and let customers see bills being dropped
- Use door, window, and drop safe signage supporting cash handling policies
- Use video surveillance cameras as a robbery deterrent and training aid
- Get robbery prevention training and teach staff to act safely during a robbery
- Don’t argue or fight with armed robbers. Keep the robbery transaction short
- Having in-store weapons increases a robbery homicide for everyone
- Fighting with armed robbers for their gun increases robbery homicide risk
- After risk assessment, develop a comprehensive security plan to reduce risk
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