These two recent news articles clearly show that any cash business is at risk of being robbed regardless of size.
The first article relates to a Wal-Mart manager who was tragically shot and killed in a botched early morning robbery in Phoenix last week. The family is now questioning the company’s security measures.
Walmart manager killed during robbery; family has questions for company
By Crystal Cruz and Ryan O’Donnell
PHOENIX — Phoenix police are looking for a man who robbed some Walmart store employees and then shot and killed an assistant manager.
It happened just after midnight Saturday morning at the Walmart near 75th Avenue and McDowell Road.
Police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said two employees were collecting cash from the store’s registers and placing it in a shopping cart when a man with a handgun came up and told them he was robbing them. The gunman grabbed the cart and began pushing it out of the store as other employees were alerted to the robbery.
Thompson says support manager Peter Marquez, 47, was outside with another employee and they ran to the front doors. As they approached the robber, the unidentified man shot Marquez, who would have turned 48 Sunday. The gunman fled the scene and escaped into a nearby neighborhood which has several abandoned homes.
The second article describes a gun-wielding robber who terrorized beauty salons across the Bronx robbing employees and customers of money and valuables.
Gun-wielding robber terrorizes Bronx beauty salons in Longwood, Fordham and Pelham Parkway
Small beauty shops keeping doors locked after armed robber hit three shops last month
By Kerry Wills / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
An armed bandit struck three times last month at small beauty shops around the Bronx, waving a huge handgun and demanding cash and valuables.
A few minutes felt like eternity for hair stylists Marie Gama and Mariam Cisse when the thief burst into Marie African Hair Braiding on Southern Blvd. March 11 and shouted, “Money! Money! Money!”
“He told us to give him money, and if we didn’t give him money, he was going to shoot us,” Gama recalled as she braided a customer’s hair last week.
The robber confronted the women, pointing a large, black semi-automatic pistol in all directions. Gama, the 32-year-old manager, said she handed him the day’s take, but the thief wanted more. He again threatened to shoot them unless they forked over all they had. He rifled through the purses of everyone present — three hairdressers and two customers — and got away with three cellphones and more than $1,000 cash, Gama said.
The businesses robbed in each article are at opposite ends of the spectrum. One is an international retail chain and the others are small independent businesses.
Regardless of size every business has both a moral and legal responsibility to protect their employees. Owners and management need to be proactive and implement security measures to deter robberies from occurring and also be responsible to train their employees how to properly manage an armed robbery situation if one occurs. Being reactive after a robbery has taken place and implementing safe guards after employees have been terrorized,injured or killed is not acceptable. Thinking that a robbery will never happen in your business is both naïve and negligent. Robbers are motivated by the immediate access and availability to cash so every cash business is at risk. It is important to be proactive in identifying your robbery security and training needs, to ensure you protect your employees from injury or death.