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Dover Police Investigate 3rd Convenience Store Robbery in Last Week

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 DOVER, Del. - The Dover Police Department is investigating a third robbery of a convenience store in the last week.

Police say the Stop-N-Shop located in the 700 block of Walker Road in Dover, Delaware was robbed just after 7 p.m. Monday night. Police say the suspect entered the store with a white plastic bag covering his face and brandished a knife to the clerk, demanding money.

The clerk handed over the money and the suspect took off, according to police.

During the exchange, police say the clerk was cut on her hand by the suspect's knife.

This is the third robbery of a convenience store in the last week. Police say the first incident took place on December 3 at the Valero Gas Station on North DuPont Highway, and the second happened on December 6 at the Stop-N-Shop on White Oak Road. In all of those incidents, a suspect entered the stores with a plastic bag over his head. However, police have not confirmed if these cases are linked.

In this latest case, the suspect is described as a tall and heavyset black male, last seen wearing black shoes, blue jeans, gray gloves, and a white plastic bag over his head.

In response to the recent string of robberies, police are encouraging businesses to review the following safety tips to help reduce the chances of becoming a robbery victim:

Cash Control
Strong cash-handling policies along with good signage can greatly reduce rates of robbery. One study found that robbery rates drop by 80% when potential robbers know that there's $50 or less in the cash register.

Silent Panic/Holdup Alarms and Surveillance Cameras
These types of alarms protect your employees in potentially violent robbery situations. They are not useful in preventing robberies but can help to reduce the impact of a robbery in process. Provide proper training on the usage of silent alarms so that employees know how to safely use them.  Ensure that alarms and surveillance cameras are in good working order.

Remove Signage From Windows
Visibility in and out of a convenience store plays an enormous role on the psychological comfort of the would-be robber. If robbers know they can be seen from the outside then the likelihood of a robbery falls. Keep your windows free and clear of any and all signage.

Have Two Employees on Duty During High-Risk Times
Having more than one employee on duty can reduce the risk of robbery during the most high-risk robbery times. It's vital that both are well trained on violence reduction though, as sometimes two employees are more likely to fight back against robbers.

Provide Adequate Lighting
Adequate lighting is shown to reduce incidents of robbery. Be sure that faces in your parking lot are easily visible from the street. Further, be sure that you're not creating a glare that could reduce visibility. Strong, white lighting outside of your convenience store can also make your customers feel safer.
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