The Mornington robberies show the importance of businesses
having security measures and plans in place, Dunedin police
Dunedin-Clutha area commander Inspector Greg Sparrow said
extensive police work led to the arrest on Monday of a
37-year-old man over three alleged aggravated robberies of
the Mornington Night 'n Day.
But the shop owner could have implemented more preventive
measures to stop the shop being a target of thieves, he said.
Police had spoken to the shop owner before about improving
shop security, Insp Sparrow said.
Police would work with any business owners to help them
''beef up'' their shop security, Insp Sparrow said.
Dairy owner Qian Sun said she had implemented new security
measures but wanted to keep them secret from thieves to
ensure the protection of her staff and would provide staff
with training on what to do in a robbery.
She was pleased police had arrested a man, she said.
''They did a very good job. I'm very happy now because
yesterday I was very negative about police but now I'm so
pleased they have done a good job, finally.''
Tips to improve security
• Keep windows clear of posters, shelving and advertising
that blocks the view into the shop, so people outside can see
clearly inside it.
• Install a good quality CCTV system. Place a video monitor
and surveillance camera at the entrance so customers can see
themselves in the monitor when they enter. Install visible
signs that let customers know you have security measures,
such as cameras and drop safes.
• Make sure the shop interior is well lit during work hours
and after hours.
• Put the cash register at the front of the store near the
main entrance to deter thieves, as they have to walk past
your staff when entering or exiting the store.
• Make all areas of the shop visible from the sales counter
and keep shelves low so staff can see over them.
• Eliminate blind spots that make it easier for thieves to
• Keep displays full so staff can see at a glance if
something is missing.
• Keep expensive goods on display in the back of the shop,
under lock and key.
• Train staff in loss prevention and detection techniques so
they know how to apprehend thieves.