Weapons were used in 52% of all robberies from 1975 to 1985. The highest peak in armed robberies was 1978 (60%) and 1981 (60%). From 1985 to 1990, the number of armed robberies dropped to around 42%. Most occur in the months of November through March, with the high risk times for stores being between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. For banks and credit unions, the high risk day was Wednesday, and the most critical time for robbery was from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (20%).

How To Protect Yourself At Home

  1. Never admit a stranger.
  2. Lock up tight. Always lock all doors and windows.
  3. Listen for strange noises.
  4. Don’t advertise that you live alone.
  5. Never give an unknown caller information. Report nuisance calls to police and the telephone company.
  6. When you move to a new home, change the locks.
  7. Chain locks aren’t strong enough to keep out an intruder. Keep door locked until you know who is there.
  8. Always pull shades after dark.
  9. Don’t leave notes on the door about when you’ll be home.

Precautions To Take On The Road

  1. While driving, watch out at intersections and stoplights. Keep car in gear, doors locked, and windows rolled up.
  2. Park in areas that will be well lit when you return. When you return, look to be sure no one is hiding in a car nearby, beneath your car, or in your car.
  3. If you have a stalled car, raise hood and tie a white cloth to your antenna. Stay inside the car with doors locked and windows rolled up. If you have a cellular phone, call for help. Ask someone who stops to report it to the nearest service station.
  4. If you are being followed, don’t drive home or get out. Drive to the nearest police station or open store or service station for help. Note the license number and car description and report to the police at once.

If You Are Held Up At Work

  1. Try to stay calm. Don’t make any sudden movements to upset the robber. Remember, the robber is usually as scared as you are.
  2. Be sure to follow the robber's directions. Don’t try to escape or set off an alarm in front of the robber.
  3. Tell the robber what you are doing, such as getting a money bag.
  4. Try to get a good look at the robber so that you can give a full description to the police.
  5. Don’t be heroic. Don’t take any foolish chances. The robber may become violent. It’s better to lose your money than your life.

Remember to report all problems or crimes to the police.