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Three Sought in Armed Robbery of Dover 7-Eleven

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DOVER, Del. - The Dover Police Department is searching for three suspects wanted for an early morning armed robbery of a convenience store.

Police said the robbery happened just before 1:30 a.m. Monday at the 7-Eleven located on the 600 block of North DuPont Highway. According to officers, three men wearing dark hooded sweatshirts entered the business armed with handguns and demanded cash. They then took cash from the register and ran away, heading westbound.

Anyone with information about the crime should contact the Dover Police Department at (302) 736-7111. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on-line at http://www.tipsubmit.com or through the Dover Police Department MyPD Mobile App.

In response to a recent string of armed robberies, police are encouraging businesses to review the following safety tips:

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 progress. 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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