Have you ever
wondered why some stores are selected and others are not when it comes to
robbery and stealing? Maybe it is random selection,? I think not. You
and your business have been targeted and for the most part, your actions
or in-actions create on a daily basis opportunity for criminals to steal
and commit robbery. It may be a harsh pill to swallow but really the
blame for your business being targeted and robbed is partially your
On numerous occasion we here the police giving tips on how to set
up your store or business, where to place the cash register, limiting
the amount of cash that is on site or reducing the amount of
advertisement covering the windows. Unfortunately this advice goes in
one ear and out the other for the sake of increasing the potential for a
sale and making the shopping experience more convenient.
question is, are these recommendations sound and will they actually
work? Well first, as I have said numerous times in this columm, security
must be seen as a multi-layered initiative and no one method or strategy
can work in isolation. There is no sense in fortifying your front door
with the best locks when your back door is made of composite wood.
When giving lectures on crime
prevention I regularly ask my audience questions that attempt to
heighten and increase their awareness. It also helps them by answering
these questions to realize how much in control they really are. By
allowing the participants to become crime analyst of sort, I am better
able to assist them in developing strategy for protection that is more
real and personnel to them. I remind them in these discussions to not
use the media as the only measuring stick, especially when it comes to
crime that affects them directly. In many instance the only reliable
measuring stick is what is happening in their own neighborhoods and
industry. You too can participate in this exercise and answer these
Note these questions make no
reference to the police response time. How long will the matter take
before it is disposed of before the courts, and how long will the
be incarcerated? Those questions speak to another
area of crime prevention that requires a collective approach to have
these responses and wait times reduced.
How would you rate the current
crime trends in the Bahamas?
The crime rate in the Bahamas is
not exclusive to New Providence and thus all the Family Islands must be
factored in. Too often we become Nassau Centric and believe the country
lives and dies by New Providence. This questions begs the reader to step
out of their reality as their community may be facing high instances of
crime but in Salina Point, Acklins crime is only heard about during the
What is the crime rate where your
business is located?
This question brings the reality
of crime closer to home by asking you to give a count of the number
business in your shopping center / mall / plaza / are being robbed etc.
What types of business are
experiencing high crime rates?
Some business types have a very low
possibility of violent crime because of what they do, while others are
very prone to violent events.
Has your business been victim of
Yes / No
If crime has not touched your business
for whatever reason there may be several reasons as to why. They can
range form location, operating hours, honest staff, etc.
Where are violent crimes
This has a lot to do with
location but also business type. More times or less it has to do with
perception and the
When are violent crimes
Knowing when or have a good idea
to when you or your business is vulnerable is very important. This
information can help with the allocation of the necessary security
measures at the appropriate time. Too many instances exist where
insufficient tactics were in place to deal with the threat.
Who are committing these
If you know who the most likely
suspects are you can better defend against them. This may sound like
profiling, maybe it is, but the real question is it necessary. The
difficulty lies with balancing your ethics with your survival
There are possibly thousands of
motivating factors for why one commits crime. Your consideration
regarding this should be left to the criminologist and the court if the
person is caught. So don't worry too much about motive at this point.
Simple questions that you should take a
moment to think about, as the answer of which will play an important
part in what you do. Essentially it is the first and in my opinion the
most important part of any crime prevention strategy. It is my opinion
that reducing crime is not rocket science, but rather a simple look at
causation factors and reduce the opportunities for them to happen.
Easier said than done you may say, but
if you have taken the time to answer the above questions you have taken
the first step in this process. Does this process alone make you an
expert? No I am only trying to help
you organize your experience. This approach I hope will assist you in
selecting the appropriate counter measures to reduce your exposure to