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Businesses Should Safely Transport Cash and Other Valuables

Are you responsible for taking cash to the bank or transporting valuables from your place of business?  If so, this leaves you or your business staff vulnerable to a robbery.

The Baltimore County Police Department is providing a number of precautions to reduce the risk of being robbed and making your cash less inviting to thieves.

  • Don't leave the business with only one employee when cash deposits need to be prepared. Robbers are more likely to target a business that only has a single employee inside.
  • Store cash in a floor safe until you're able to make a bank deposit.
  • Don’t announce to unnecessary employees when and where your deposits are being made.
  • Make bank deposits during daylight hours. Darkness always increases your risk of being robbed or assaulted.
  • Alternate the days and times of bank deposits to throw off anyone who may be watching when you make your business transactions.
  • Alternate the route to the bank. Having a routine makes it easier for a suspect to plan a robbery.
  • Disguise how you carry cash for bank deposits and other valuables. Never advertise to others that you are carrying cash. Transport your valuables in an office box file, a strong shopping bag or even in an inside coat pocket instead of using a briefcase or bank cash bags.
  • Drive to a local police precinct if you think someone is following you.
  • When walking, watch for reflections in the windows of shops that you pass to see if the same person is behind you for a long time. Cross the street to see if that person follows you. If you still think you are being followed, walk into a populated area or store.
  • Don't resist or engage a robber as you don't know if the suspect has a weapon.
  • Try to remain calm if you are a victim of a crime. Do not agitate the suspect as they may be nervous and their behavior unpredictable. 

If you are a victim of a robbery or other crime, call 911 and provide a description of the suspect and tag number of a vehicle to police.

Remember that your safety always comes first.

Revised November 24, 2017         


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