Robbery is defined as the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
In 2012, there were an estimated 354,520 robberies nationwide. The average loss per robbery was $1,167 with victims consisting of individuals, banks, stores, gas stations and others.
With each robbery, there is a great potential for harm in each situation. Of the work-related homicides, robbers were the most common assailant for men and the second most common for women.
In an effort to keep our community safe, the Crime Prevention Unit of the Boise Police Department offers training on robbery prevention and procedures to local businesses. The training covers proven prevention methods that can make a business a less appealing target for a robbery, as well as procedures employees should follow in the event of a robbery.
The Crime Prevention Unit also conducts business security surveys. During a security survey a crime prevention representative will come to your business and, after conducting a walk-through, offer suggestions on how to enhance the security of your business.
If you are interested in these programs, or any other assistance, please contact Ed Fritz, Crime Prevention Supervisor for the Boise Police Department at 570-6071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.