It’s the last third of the year popularly referred to as the ember months and the time of the year when the “bad boys”will be desperate to raise money for the festivities. Apart from Cyber Crime (Yahoo plus), bank robberies are also very prevalent in this period of the year.
Here are a few tips culled from thebalance.com on how to handle bank robbery situation if you are caught up in one and to keep yourself protected from direct attack from the robbers or stray bullets from their guns.
Simple survival steps
Most banks offer bank robbery training to all of their employees. By receiving proper training, it can help them take the right actions (and avoid the wrong ones) during a bank robbery to keep you safe. To make the best of a bad situation, both employees and customers should keep the following in mind:
Your money is insured; the only thing at risk is you.
Let the guy have what he wants; the sooner he gets it, the sooner he’ll go away. Nothing is more important than your safety. He’s probably done this before, or he’ll do it again—the more often he does it, the better his chances of getting caught.
Although it may be difficult to control your emotions in such a situation, the best thing is to get the robber out of there, so everybody is safe. In most cases, bank robbers are in a financially desperate state. Their desperation, in conjunction with fear, is a dangerous combination.
Do not be a bank robbery hero
Every law enforcement official will tell you the same thing. The most heroic act you should take in a bank robbery is to notice details about the robber. It is extremely risky for yourself and others to try to stop the robbery by force. Keep in mind that most bank robbers are already high on drugs during the robbery, which can provide extraordinary energy and ability to withstand pain. You don’t want to take chances with an intoxicated person in a desperate situation.
If you notice that a bank robbery is in progress, stay calm and not try to be smart. the bank has got surveillance cameras everywhere to capture details of the robbers and their weapons.
Bank robbery hostages
If the bank robber is the type who wants to take hostages, then there isn’t much advice to offer, as things can get out of control easily. Unfortunately, hostage situations can potentially increase your chances of getting hurt or even death.
Some robbers take a hostage with them to secure the getaway. If so, there are a variety of ways to make yourself less attractive as a hostage. Be creative: Use emotions, bodily functions, or anything else you can think of that will make the robber want to leave you behind.
If he promises to let you go immediately following the getaway, you need to decide how confident you are that things will go according to plan.
Help preserve the evidence
After the robber has left the building and everybody is safe, make sure you do not disturb any evidence left by the robber. Do not walk over to the area where the robber was, and certainly, don’t touch anything that the robber touched (or left behind).
During a bank robbery, there is a great chance that stress levels will be high. If you are able, help others keep the evidence intact at the crime scene by ensuring nothing is altered. Gently remind them, stressing that the police will need the information and that they should not disturb any evidence.
By leaving the crime scene intact, law enforcement will have a better chance of identifying the robber.
Keep the facts straight
It is likely that there will be several people with you— bank employees, other customers, and your family. Each person has a unique perspective, and it’s likely you will all remember the details a little bit differently. Try to keep these differences intact and let investigators sort out any discrepancies.
If you let somebody change your perception of events, or if you change somebody else’s mind, you could ruin the investigation. It is best not to discuss the details until you have submitted a statement to law enforcement.
The emotional toll
Witnessing or being a victim in a bank robbery is a very traumatic experience. We simply don’t expect it to happen in everyday life. In fact, most individuals affected by this event are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a mental condition in which victims or witnesses suffer from anxiety long after a crime or tragedy occurs. Some symptoms of PTSD to look out for include emotional flatness, anger, fearfulness, sleep problems, body pains, and strained relations.
As a customer, you may need to consult a physician to help you through the horrible post robbery situations.
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