Media Release

28th January 2009

HOTELS & SMALL BUSINESS SOFT TARGETS

With financial institutions having increased their security since the 1980’s robbers have turned their attention towards easier targets such as smaller business as demonstrated by yesterday’s armed robbery of two Albury Motels.

“We have seen a steady increase in the number of armed and attempted robberies on smaller, more isolated or single staff operations over the last ten years on so” Joh Paynter, Security Consultant for Paynter Security said.

“the successful and subsequent attempted attack on the Manor House and Burvale Motor Inn demonstrates the need for such business to increase their security measures by the way of security cameras, CCTV or undertaking Armed Robbery Response Training by a licensed security consultant” Joh continued to say

“It is important to remember that, at the end of the day, no amount of money is worth a human life, so don’t be a hero, however it is important to remember some basic points when confronted with a hold-up attempt”.

  • Try to remain calm, control your emotions and avoid any actions which may incite violence.
  • Obey the robber’s instructions, do precisely as you are told and nothing more.
  • Do not talk to the robber, the robbery will take longer and the bandit will become anxious.
  • Tell the robber exactly what you are doing, make no sudden movements as they may be misinterpreted as a threat.
  • If you provide police with accurate and timely information, it increase the chance of an early arrest.
  • Do not attempt to apprehend the offender- That is the job of the Police.
As soon as it is safe to do so:

  • Activate any alarm or duress device.
  • Telephone the Emergency Telephone number ‘000’ and ask for the police.
  • Close the premises and do not allow any persons to enter, handle or disturb the crime scene, if possible.
  • If possible rope off the area where the robber/s have walked.
  • Ask witnesses to remain until Police arrive. If they insist on leaving, try to get their names, addresses and telephone numbers so Police can interview them later.
  • Ensure that you or any other persons seek trauma counseling or other medical attention if necessary.
For further information contact:

Joh Paynter
Mob – 0409 112 233