Carrying on from the Home Security Tips article, this article will focus more on what to do in the unlikely (and unlucky) event of a robbery.
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Surviving a Robbery
- Stay calm and do not make any sudden movements that could be construed as threatening. Make sure your hands can be seen at all times.
- Do not look the person in the eye.
- Do not confront the person.
- Follow ALL instructions given to you. Hand over any valuables they want, give them any keys they want.
- Concentrate on the following information: clothes the person is wearing, language or accent, names mentioned, age, nationality, etc.
- Do not speak to the person if not spoken to.
- Only give information that is asked – do not offer additional information.
- Do not try to be a hero under any circumstances.
- If you are asked to lie on the floor, lie in view of the robbers with your hands visible.
What to do if you’re a hostage in a Robbery
If you’re being held hostage as part of a robbery, please remember the following:
- Keep your dignity. Notify the person if you need to use a toilet or if you need to take any medication.
- When being held hostage for a long period of time, keep yourself positive – think of loved ones, things you like to do, etc.
- Avoid eye contact at all times.
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