No one thinks anything about violence when entering a bank, but armed robberies can go very, very wrong really fast. Here are a couple tips to keep you safe:
- Is there a get-away car? You are looking for a running car, parked facing the nearest exit to the parking lot, and someone sitting in the driver’s seat looking inside, nervously waiting for someone.
- Is everyone on the floor? Look in the windows as you walk in. Does everything look right? Is the bank normally crowded, but there is no one there? Are there any employees present?
- Does someone walk in who looks out of place? Clothing is normally the easiest way to see this. It’s been over 100° in Central Texas; is someone wearing a coat? Are they hiding something? Do they look nervous?
If you find something that seems wrong, simply turn around and leave. It will take you way less time to use another bank then get in a robbery, and it just might keep you safe.
Modern Self Protection