In the event of a robbery
Avoid heroics. Try to remain calm and observant.
- Do NOT make sudden movements, introduce distractions, or act out in ways that draw attention, such as yelling or fainting.
- Do NOT argue or antagonize the robber, for example by stalling.
- Do NOT make him show his gun or assume his gun is a toy, even if it doesn't look real.
- Do NOT try to out-guess or out-think the robber.
When threatened with a robbery or assault, first protect yourself. Preserving property should be considered a distant second – valuable but also replaceable.
- Cooperate. Give the person exactly what he/she asks for and nothing more.
- Note distinguishing traits, such as:
- Color and type of clothing
- Hat or no hat
- Beard or moustache
- Skin color or distinctive markings
- Approximate height
- Weight and age
- Note the type of any weapon that is used.
- Listen carefully to voice characteristics and to what is said.
- Note where the person headed after the confrontation. If possible, remember the type of vehicle and its license plate number.
- Report the incident to authorities. Dial 911 or use one of the other ways to report a crime provided by the Virginia Tech Police Department.