What to Do During a Bank Robbery

Dr. Rosemary Erickson is a security expert who trains bank employees in what to do during a robbery. Here are her Dos and Don’ts if you find yourself at a bank during an attempted robbery:

  • Cooperate
  • Give up the money
  • Obey the robber’s commands
  • Keep your hands in sight
  • Resist
  • Talk
  • Plead
  • Stare
  • Make any sudden movements
  • Be a hero
  • Chase or follow
Dr. Erickson says most bank robberies are over in 90 seconds and only 4 percent of robberies end up with injured victims. Of those, 82 percent are due to someone resisting. Bottom line: Don't be a hero.

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