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Officers provide business homeowners tips about coping with robberies

LEESBURG — after you leave a ladder outside your closed business it should be no surprise that a thief would use it to interrupt in.

That is what happened at Palm Plaza in Leesburg many years agoneconsistent with Leesburg police Sgt. Kim Stewart.

“You don't have any management of the unhealthy guy’s ability to commit a criminal offensehowever you'll be able to management their chance,” same Stewart to variety of business homeowners gathered along weekday night.

In the thick of a rash of armed robberies, Leesburg police command a bar and awareness coaching seminar at the Leesburg community building on weekday. The agency has had eighteen armed robberies since March.

Stewart and different officers gave variety of tips that enclosed staying calm within the face of armed robbers, having some variety of measuring instrument at the door, quality police investigation systems and smart lighting at important spots within the business.

She conjointly instructed taking mental notes of the robbers to incorporate distinguishing marks, not simply their vesture.

“They will modification garments as presently as they leave,” Stewart same.

The seminar even enclosed a surprise exercise wherever a politician in plain vesture took a sculpture whereasspeakers were talking. Business homeowners were then asked if they may describe “the suspect.”

Stewart conjointly same homeowners and workers ought to keep awake to their surroundings and customers. workers conjointly ought to be suspicious if a client is dressed heat in such apparel as a hoodie in weather.

“That ought to get the hair au courant the rear of your neck,” Stewart same.

Stewart conjointly instructed having a planned escape route just in case of robberies.

Recent robberies in Leesburg embody one at a Burger King wherever workers were forced into a deep-freeze.

The Leesburg local department started a Lake County-wide theft and Gun Crime Task Force a few month agone oncethe rash of unresolved armed robberies. Officers believe that a lot of of the robberies were dispensed a similarmethod or shared a similar robbers.

They believe several can be at the hands of 1 cluster.

The gist of the task force effort could be a on-line database that agencies throughout Lake County will faucet to share details regarding armed robberies.

On weekday, they contend variety of police investigation footage from a number of the recent robberies across the county like a Denny’s in Eustis and a McDonald’s in Mount Dora.

“We need to visualize their eyes,” same detective Nick Romanelli, showing the space some sandy police investigation clips.

Representatives from Star Security of Leesburg were conjointly at the seminar to speak regarding the way to got wind of higher police investigation instrumentality.

Joyce Huey, owner of 2 previous Hags Wine Shoppe in Leesburg, same she learned lots at the seminar that enclosedthe way to get a higher description of the robbers.

“It was terribly useful,” same Huey, one in all the business homeowners WHO took a guess at the statue-nabbing officer’s description.

A similar get along between business homeowners and enforcement occurred Tues night at the Remax Center International in Eustis and enclosed Lake County lawman Peyton Grinnell and enforcement officers from police departments in Mount Dora and Eustis further as Leesburg.

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