Driver & Salesperson Robbery Prevention

Drivers and salespersons who use trucks are often the victims of armed robbery.  Their trucks may also be broken into for contents or hijacked.

  • 98 percent of drivers and salespersons are alone at the time of the robbery.
  • The majority of robberies of drivers and sales personnel occur between the hours of 12 noon and 4 p.m.
  • A handgun is used in more than 90 percent of these particular robberies.

Robbery Prevention Tips

Do:

  • Be alert for suspicious persons loitering in the area of your delivery
  • While driving your route, be alert for suspicious vehicles following you.  If possible, get a description and license number of the vehicle.
  • Follow company policy on the amount of money carried.
  • Use a drop safe in your vehicle.
  • After completing your delivery, request that the owner or an employee observe you until you are safely on your way.
  • Whenever possible, make deliveries in front of a place of business.
  • Keep the cab doors to your vehicle locked, especially the passenger door.
  • Always look into the cab of your truck before entering it.
  • Carry an extra set of keys for your truck in the event a criminal takes your original set.
  • Form a “Buddy System” with other driver/salesperson on your route—look out for each other.
  • Call the police immediately if there is the slightest hint of trouble.

Do Not:

  • Don’t use alleys or isolated side streets as short cuts.
  • Don’t park in isolated areas to count your receipts or to eat your lunch.
  • Don’t carry unnecessary amounts of personal money or wear expensive jewelry or watches.
  • Don’t’ expose or flash money unnecessarily.
  • Don’t boast about how good business is.

What Robbery Victims Should Do

  • Remain calm and follow the robber’s directions.
  • A robbery—armed or not—should be considered extremely dangerous.
  • Make a mental note o the description of the robber.
  • Remember details like color of eyes, hair and clothing.
  • Look for scars, deformities or tattoos.
  • Listen for speech impediments or accents.
  • Note the weapon and identifying characteristics.

After the Robbery

  • Call the police immediately
  • Stay on the phone with the police and give them a description in as much detail as possible.
  • Remember the method and direction of escape.
  • If there is an escape vehicle, attempt to get a description of it including make, model, color, license number and any identifying features.
  • Look for accomplice or lookouts.
  • Write down a description of the robber as soon as possible.  Don’t’ rely on your memory.
  • Request that all witnesses wait for the police to arrive.  If they are unable to do so, try to get their names, addresses and telephone numbers so police can contact them.
  • Protect the truck and crime scene for evidence, including fingerprints, footprints, tire tracks etc.