Police forum tells Gosnells business owners how to respond in robbery situations

Police forum tells Gosnells business owners how to respond in robbery situations

WHAT to do in a burglary and armed hold up situation were some of the topics addressed at a business forum in Gosnells.

The aim of the presentation, which took place on Wednesday at the Gosnells Civic Centre, was to provide information to business owners in Gosnells with a variety of crime-prevention tips as well as what to do in a tight situation.

Gosnells Police acting officer in charge Rob Coales delivered the presentation to a number of businesses and said its priority was crime prevention.

“We always like to engage with business because it is all about crime prevention,” he said.

“One hold up is too many. We can do something to prevent armed hold ups (by) engaging with business.”

Acting Senior Sergeant Coales said it was important for all business owners to remain calm if they were ever involved in a hold up or robbery, and to look out for key features to tell the police.

“Write down the registration plate or distinguishing features of cars,” he said.

He said to look out for tattoos or scars on perpetrators to identify them when contacting the police.

Another tip was to limit the amount of cash held at a business and not to advertise profits.

“Never count cash where people can see it,” he said.

“Don’t tell others about way you handle and bank cash.”