Robbery Prevention and Response

Report any incidents of robbery to the Calgary Police Service at 911 and Campus Security at 403.220.5333. Robbery Prevention techniques differ, depending on the environment and situation, two strategies are listed below.

Prevent Personal Robbery

  • Know your destination and have a planned route
  • Report all suspicious persons or activity to Campus Security at 403.220.5333
  • Always remain aware of your surroundings
  • If someone suspicious approaches your vehicle while you are not moving, blow your horn and attempt to get the attention of others
  • Keep doors locked and windows up when driving
  • Keep your valuables out of sight
  • Always park in well lit areas
  • Always check the area around your vehicle and the surrounding area before exiting it
  • If using a bank machine always count money inside your locked vehicle or an area that will provide you some security
  • If you are the victim of a robbery consider calling the university counselling centre

Retail Store Robbery

  • Report all suspicious persons or activity to Campus Security at 403.220.5333
  • Prepare a robbery plan. This should cover everyone's role during a robbery. Assistance for this can be sought through Campus Security or the Calgary Police Service
  • Know your neighbours. Make a point to get to know the other retail vendors around you
  • They will be more likely to look out for you should suspicious people be around and may be able to assist in the event of a robbery
  • Keep your store well lit. A well lit store makes it increasingly difficult for a perpetrator to disguise themselves
  • Implement a cash controls system. Make regular deposits and post signage stating there is a maximum cash value in the store at any time
  • In the event that you are robbed, comply with everything the robber instructs you to do. Do not argue, attempt to fight or subdue, and always take the threat of a weapon seriously — even if one is not visibly present. By doing everything you are instructed to do, you will give the robber a feeling of control, which will reduce the potential injury or death
  • During a robbery take notice of the suspects description and make detailed notes after the person has left
  • Call 911 and request the police. Have another co-worker call Campus Security at 403.220.5333, or do so yourself once you hang up with the police
  • After the robbery, lock your store and do not disturb anything the person may have touched.  There could be fingerprints or other evidence left behind by the robber that a Police Crime Scene Investigator will need
  • Campus Security will contact university Counselling Services to attend and assist those who witness the robbery