Robbery Prevention, Response & Resilience
Robbery Prevention, Response & Resilience

Robbery Prevention, Response & Resilience

How do you keep your credit union secure? How is it perceived by thieves? Any sign of weakness can attract criminals and your members will feel unsafe — leading to a drop in traffic and profitability. Experts Barry Thompson and Arvin Clar, from Thompson Consulting Group, LLC, provided a list of robbery tips in their recent Credit Union Webinar Network webinar. Below are 5 of their 9 valuable tips.

  1. Avenues of Robbery Escape. Before conducting robbery training, review the outside of the facility to determine the likely escape routes of robbers. These routes should then be pointed out to staff during robbery training.
  2. Boutique Banking. Many credit unions now offer special seating areas with Internet access, cable television, and coffee. People can linger here unobserved by staff for up to thirty minutes without anyone asking if they can help them. During robbery training, be sure to point out that this is an area where a potential robber can view your operations unobserved, and that everyone should be approached to see if they’d like to open an account. Once approached, a potential robber will most likely go elsewhere
  3. Coin-Counting Machines. Many credit unions are now placing coin-counting machines in the lobby for account holders. Train your staff to watch people near the coin counter: Using it gives a potential robber a great location to observe the layout of your banking office unnoticed by staff.
  4. Dye Packs. Place $50 or $100 bills in your dye packs instead of $20 bills. Because so many credit unions have been using twenties, robbers are getting smarter and asking for fifties and hundreds.
  5. 911 Stickers. Every credit union tells staff to call 911 in the case of an emergency. The problem is, most telephone systems inside our offices require us to dial 9 or 8 first before we can access an outside line; and when staff members are scared or upset, they might easily forget this. If applicable, all of your telephones should have a sticker placed on them that reads: “In an emergency, dial 9–911 or 8–911.”

Barry Thompson and Arvin Clar’s webinar, Robbery Prevention, Response & Resilience, is now available on-demand. Register today for more tips and how to:

  • Keep your frontline safe
  • Identify risk factors
  • “Harden the target”
  • Pinpoint the one item needed in your security manual
  • Get your credit union back to work
  • Determine whether to use risk assessments versus vulnerability assessments