Police issue public appeal in wake of robbery
A daylight robbery has led a man to seek medical treatment and police to issue prevention tips to members of the public that should be followed when carrying out banking transactions.
Police are investigating the robbery, which occurred about 9:30 a.m. at Coconut Walk, Hastings, Christ Church, outside Scotia Bank.
A man was about to enter the financial institution, when he was struck on his head with an object and an undisclosed sum of money stolen from him by a masked man. The victim was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.
As a result, Police Public Relations Officer acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch issued a press release in which he advised business owners and individuals to be vigilant when carrying cash.
Businesses were also told that they should consider employing a security company to transport large amounts of money.
Additionally, the police spokesman warned persons that leaving business premises with cash in hand was a high risk activity.
Other prevention advice included varying delivery and pick-up times daily to remove the predictability of cash movement and times, and if possible, always use more than one adult staffer to take cash to the bank.
“Don’t carry cash in a marked bank or canvas money bag. If you carry the money in a bag, use one that does not look as though it holds money.
“Use the quickest route and the busiest streets to the bank. Walk towards oncoming traffic rather than have traffic coming up behind you,” the release said.
Carry a mobile phone, vary the route if driving to the bank, be alert for suspicious persons or vehicles that may be following you or at your destination and lock car doors while en route to the bank, police also advised.
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