Newsletter Issue 07 # November 2014

Allied Risk Solutions
Newsletter Issue – November 2014


Bulletproof Your Business

10 Step Blueprint to Prevent your Business from falling Victim to Armed Robbery

With large sums of cash on your premises and criminals lurking about, managing this perpetual threat to your assets, staff, customers and reputation is paramount.

Throughout these pages, we’ll outline 10 essential steps to provide you with not only the best possible chance of preventing armed robberies, but also to survive in the event an armed hold-up does occur.

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Armed Robbery Safety Training

An Armed Robbery event can have a significant impact on your business and your people. You need to be prepared and aware of the potential risk.

This training is designed to address not only your Duty of Care provisions but to provide the strategies to establish a proactive security environment.

Feedback for the course has been very positive ….

“Its a good reality check to what may or could happen.” Emma

“The interactive aspect kept staff engaged.” Kathleen

“The course is enjoyable, understandable, helpful at the job place. Learn to stay calm, stay focus of what is going on around the workplace.” Kim

“Having this training incorporated into our own policies makes it easier to take on board.” Cassy

“Great course, very relevant. I enjoyed the interactive way of learning. Has made me more aware and alert.” Sarah

“Commonsense and thorough – great. Tailored to our business. Great refresher.” Joe

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Armed Robbery Statistics


Over a 12 month period an estimated 65,700 (0.4%) Australians aged 15 years and over were victims of at least
one robbery. This includes 50,200 male victims (0.6%) and 15,500 female victims (0.2%).

2010-11 STATS

Armed Robbery Crime Victims 2010 to 2011 (annual figures)
From the Australian Bureau of Statistics – 4530.0 Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2012-13, Released on 12/02/2014.


2010 2011
NSW Vic. Qld SA WA Tas. NT ACT Aust. NSW Vic. Qld SA WA Tas. NT ACT Aust.
2,147 1,438 767 522 542 84 46 138 5,684 2,105 1,627 883 493 630 60 51 108 5,957


In the most recent incident of robbery experienced by victims:

  • the offender was more likely to be male (for 82% of victims) than female (for 3.5% of victims)
  • just under a third occurred in the street or other open land (for 33% of victims)
  • nearly three-quarters involved the use of a weapon (74% of victims)
  • the incident involved an attempt to steal property only for nearly three in five victims (60% of victims),
    whereas two in five victims actually had property stolen (40% of victims)


From the Australian Bureau of Statistics – 4510.0 Recorded Crime – Victims, Australia, 2013 Australian Burea of Statistics, Released on 26/06/2014.


Armed Robbery

There has been a 9.6% decrease in the number of armed robbery victims (both person and non-person victims) in Australia, from 6,226 in 2012 to
a four year low of 5,628 in 2013.

In Australia:

  • 38% of all armed robbery investigations (2,133 victims) were finalised by police within 30 days

Of total armed robbery victims, 3,835 were person victims (68%), and of these:

  • Just over three in four victims (77% or 2,942 victims) were male
  • Persons aged between 25 and 34 years accounted for the largest proportion of armed robbery victims (26% or 1,013)



Physical assault

An estimated 133,500 people in New South Wales (2.2%) experienced physical assault in the 12 months prior to interview in 2012-13.
Of these, 64,000 (48%) reported the most recent incident to police.

Half of all victims of physical assault in New South Wales (50%) experienced a single incident, 19% experienced two incidents,
11% experienced between three and five incidents and 19% experienced six or more incidents.

Face-to-face threatened assault

An estimated 144,300 people in New South Wales (2.4%) experienced face-to-face threatened assault over a 12 month period 2012-13.
Of these, 51,100 (35%) reported the most recent incident to police.

An estimated 18,000 people in New South Wales (0.3%) experienced a robbery over a 12 month period in 2012-13.

Armed Robbery Preparedness

Important Advice for the coming months in NSW.

It’s coming up to christmas, some consider its the time of giving and some unfortunately consider its the time for taking.

An Armed Robbery can have a considerable impact on your business, and the health, safety and welfare of those involved in the Robbery.

A business has a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for their staff. This includes preparing them for the possibility and
consequences of an Armed Robbery. Any business can be at risk, some more exposed than others to this type of event.

In order to mimimise your exposure to Armed Robberies you need to have in place appropriate Safe Operating Procedures and work practices
to handle events such as:

  • Opening and Closing Procedures
  • Cash Handling Procedures
  • Confidentiality of procedures about security devices
  • How to identify suspicious behaviour
  • Security Awareness (lighting, object placement, CCTV cameras, Warning Signs, Staff Training)
  • Armed Robbery Awareness (preparation before, how to behave during and what happens after a Robbery event, preserving a crime scene)
  • Emergency procedures and operation of security devices (alarms and duress buttons)
  • Staff support services during and after an armed hold-up

The integration of your Risk Management Plan should be incorporated into your staff training taking into consideration the preventative measures
required to mitigate any assessed or potential threats. An overview of Armed Robbery training (face to face or online) can be found by clicking here.

For more information about being prepared, and about training options for your business, both online and face to face for groups, please
click here for more information. Or call us on
(02) 9635 0477 for Armed Robbery Safety Training options to suit your needs.

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Phone: +612 9635 0477
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