Retail cashiers and managers get refresher course In crime prevention

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Sandy Davis often wonders if this will be the day she'll be staring down the barrel of a gun.

"It would be very scary. Unless you're in that situation you wouldn't really know what to do," said Davis.

Davis and about 30 more people who work in the convenience store business got a refresher course of what to do in a robbery and maybe learn a thing or two along the way.

"That bullet may come in. I would go ahead and give them the money," said Sgt. T.A. Garrett of the Montgomery Police Department.

Being complacent and assuming it won't happen are the two biggest mistakes retailers can make. Even though business robberies have dipped in recent months, according to police, the holidays are coming and that typically means a spike in robberies.

All the more reason to stay focused. Each business has its own company security plan in place but the general theme for cashiers and clerks is to keep it short and smooth with the criminal, obey their commands and once it's over look the doors and call the police.

Simple and direct but maybe not so simple and easy in a real life confrontation.

"I think I can handle it pretty well," said convenience store manager Terry Ivey.

"I would be nervous but the training I've had I would be okay and get it over quickly," said Davis.

A robbery often means a loss of cash yet managers like Sandy Davis and Terry Ivey know that's a small price to pay considering the alternative could be so deadly.

On average robbery investigators say criminals get away with between $50.00 and $100.00.

Montgomery had 680 total robberies in 2006.. that includes personal and business.  Data wasn't available for 2007.