Robbery-Related Violence: A Continuing Problem
Reported crime rates continue to disclose relatively consistent levels of robbery-related violence. Clearly the threat of robbery increases where staff are working in isolation, handling cash and more likely overnight.
It is important to note there are no mandatory standards that any business must follow in relation to robbery-related violence. Strategies that address robbery-related violence are generally based upon a perception of risk for the particular operation.
Risk includes assessing its trading times, location, local crime rates, amount of readily available cash or other assets, staffing levels and competency, security protections in place and the like.
There are a number of resources freely available online that assist business operators and other stakeholders minimise risks associated with robbery-related violence. These include publications through Safe Work Australia and WorkSafe Victoria.