Business people in Saint Lucia, especially those who have licensed firearms, have been advised to be aware of proper engagement techniques when their establishments are threatened by criminals.
The advice came Thursday evening as the police made a presentation to the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, on crime prevention methods.
“I know sometimes we want to play superhero. We want to safeguard our business, but that is not the prudent thing to do,” Acting Police Corporal, Gifiana Edmund,told the gathering.
She explained that material things and not lives can be replaced.
“You know to know who you are going to engage,” she explained.
Edmund asked her audience if they would be surprised to know that employees of businesses sometimes lead criminals to business places.
“They know everything about your business prior to coming into your business. You do not know who is there with them. You do not know who is facilitating them,” the police officer declared.
“So please, before you engage anybody, ensure that you know your surroundings; you know how you are going to get out of that situation if you start it,” Edmund advised.
She urged business owners to consult with security professionals on securing their business places.
For businesses that hire security guards, Edmund said that the sole purpose of the guard is to safeguard employees and the business.
She observed that often, security guards are seen opening doors and performing duties that are not in their job description.
Edmund recalled a manager telling her that his best employee was a security guard who assisted with other duties at the business place.
“But then I remember telling him that he was his worst employee, because he was distracted,” she stated.
“If somebody had walked into that place and robbed that place, his reaction time would be abysmal,” Edmund asserted.
She called on the business community to assist the police in fighting crime, declaring that in the absence of such cooperation, the police will not be able to perform heir duties effectively.