How NOT to get killed in a Robbery – Part 2

by todaystrainingblog

July 30, 2013

                                         How NOT to get killed in a Robbery – Part 2


                The last blog was part 1 of this 2 part article on ‘not getting killed in a robbery’. Part 2 finishes it up and then summarizes the entire thing.

Don’t Interrupt

                This may be hard NOT to do, especially if you walk in on it. And I also know it goes against the grain of our moralistic side to just let it go. But if you can avoid putting yourself into the middle of a robbery, then you must.

                Many times, you may notice something wrong as you begin to approach and enter the store. AT that point be cautious. Back away like you forgot something in your car and call 911. It is unlikely that the perpetrator will rush outside and pull you into the store for ‘safekeeping’. More than likely they’ll make a rush to get away from there – if they’ve even noticed you.

                By taking the old adage of ‘Withdrawal is the better part of valor’ to heart, you may save your life and the lives of someone else. This could be the store clerk, the elderly woman in line, or the young man with a 2-year-old child.

                The absolutely only way I would tell you to do something is if you are positively sure you’ve been unobserved and quiet. If that is the case, and you never know for a fact, grab something and clobber the ner’do’well.


Don’t chase them

                The last tip I will give you is just that. Don’t chase them after they leave! This is the quickest way to get shot, hit, or otherwise have your life ended. And whether it’s ended permanently or you get paralyzed, it will change everything around you and your family.

                What you can do is attempt to get a license plate number and description of the hooligan. Commit these items to memory and try to let them see you write them down. Observe everything you can about them and their clothes, although those can change very easily.

                In my 30 years in the security field I’ve both heard and read about innumerable incidents where the clerks or other citizens took up the chase after the perpetrators. Just as many times as they catch these ner’do’wells and watch them get prosecuted, they get injured or killed. So, let the professional police officers do their job.



                Now we come to the end of this 2-parter. And as I promised here is a list of the items to think about and do to prevent being killed in a robbery. Nothing is ever absolute, but this will give you a reasonable assumption of staying alive;

  • Assume they have  a weapon
  • No sudden moves
  • Capitulate – slowly
  • No eye contact
  • Comply
  • Don’t Interrupt
  • Don’t chase them


                As I stated in part 1 of this post, robbery is much like a WPV incident. It can happen to anyone, for any reason, at any time, any-where. You constantly have to be aware of where you’re at and what’s going on around you. From just getting gas at the C-store or buying a hot dog and Mountain Dew inside.


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