State police offer tips to businesses about armed robbery

VERMONT — Are you a victim of a robbery? Do you know what to do and what to look for? The Vermont State Police want to help local businesses that may fall victim to a robbery by providing tips about how to be safe and how to be a good witness.
Statewide, there have been 50 reported armed robberies in Vermont so far in 2013, including 19 incidents where a handgun was displayed. This is on trend with the four-year average of 50.75 armed robberies each year.
To increase the chances of the arrest and successful prosecution of an armed robbery suspect, the Vermont State Police have come up with a form to guide employees through what to look for in the event they are working at the time of a robbery. This is not an official “police report” but rather an aid that identifies what to do, what to look for, and what to listen for in the event of a robbery. These tips show people how to be a good witness, which will help law enforcement and hopefully lead to the suspect’s arrest.
Troopers will be going to local stores in their areas, handing out these forms and talking with businesses owners, managers and employees. Troopers will be available to answer questions, make suggestions to help keep employees safe, and offer tips on how to aid in an investigation. These forms can also be found at the Vermont State Police website at http://vsp.vermont.gov/crime_prevention/robbery.
The Vermont State Police continues to investigate a number of armed robberies across the state. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact their local Vermont State Police barracks. Or submit an anonymous tip by texting “CRIMES” (274637) with keyword: VTIPS or online at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

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