Police Teaching Bank Tellers How to Be Better Robbery Victims

Tallahassee police are now conducting dozens of workshops trying to teach banks how to better protect themselves, and as odd as it sounds, trying to teach tellers how to be better victims.

On February 18 two men in gorilla masks barged into a westside bank, flashed a silver gun at stunned tellers and took off with a sack of cash. That surprising scenario was one of more than a dozen holdups in the capital city in the past year.

Tallahassee police are meeting with bank and credit union employees across the city, reminding them to keep surveillance tapes fresh, to keep their counter clean so fingerprints can be readily lifted, and encouraging them to cultivate an eye for detail.

A simple exercise showed just how different witness descriptions of a robber can be. Colleagues struggled to describe mock robbers Susan and Charles.

Tellers say getting robbed is a fact of life for them that has become increasingly clear in a year. More than a dozen bank robberies have taken place, including a string of six police attribute to the same man.

TPD is scheduling robbery prevention seminars, two and three a day. OFC McGhin says while you can never predict how you're going to act in a robbery, the better trained you are, the less likely you are to be harmed and the more likely you are to take notice of the robber.