Protecting Yourself During a Robbery Attempt

Posted at 6:49 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 19:49:53-05

After another armed robbery in the Fox Valley, residents may be wondering how they can protect themselves in a similar situation.

A victim in Grand Chute Friday morning locked himself in the bathroom of a gas station in order to call police. As long as you aren't putting yourself or others in danger, it's smart to separate yourself from the suspect, according to law enforcement.

"In this instance, it kept him from being harmed or being robbed, and it allowed us to get there in time to stop the robbery from taking place," said Grand Chute Police Chief Greg Peterson.

If someone asks you for money or possessions, it's best to just answer their demands, explained Sgt. Bill Tedlie of the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department.

"We just don't think it's worth anybody getting hurt or risking their life over a situation involving a car, or money, or jewelry," Sgt. Tedlie said.

"Those things can all be replaced, we just can't replace you. So it's really important that we emphasize that."

It's also important for victims not to act without thinking.

"We'd rather you be alive and be a great witness for us than trying to protect yourself or taking methods or steps that you haven't been trained in or thought about," Sgt. Tedlie said.

He also said if you can put a barrier between you and the suspect, like a car door, you should try and do so and drive away if possible.