By Mary Gavin, Chief of Police
for the City of Falls Church
Over the past several weeks the Washington regional area has experienced an increased number of bank robberies. Local and national news has dubbed a violent crew as
the “Black Hat Bandits”. Much like several other robberies in the D.C.Metro region the “Black Hat Bandits”
have demonstrated violence with their actions. Due to recent events, the City of Falls Church Police Department wants to make sure you stay safe. Below are safety tips that may save your life or protect you from harm.
Bank Safety Tips:
- If you are a bank customers and are present during a robbery, do not do anything that might put yourself or others at greater risk of harm.
- Do not to try to be hero.
- Do not to panic.
- Do anything the robber tells you to do, which is reasonable.
- Do not try to take pictures or try to be part of the solution to the crime. You do not want to draw attention to yourself in any way, shape or form.
- If you happen to be moving toward an exit, and you think its possible to exit safely, do so.
- Do not make any sudden movements that could draw attention to yourself.
- Do not do anything other than exactly what the robber tells you to do.
- If a robber demands your wallet, purse, cash or cellphone--give those items up. None of your possessions are worth risking your life.
- Do not stare at the robbers or deliberately try to observe their physical appearance. Staring at a robber may draw suspicion and violence toward you.
If you are in an emergency or need Police, please dial 9-1-1. For more information and tips on Bank Safety please visit this website.