New & Noteworthy


Date: January 18, 2011, 11:39 AM
Release Number: 201150


Released By: Cst. TishaRae Stonehouse
Occurrence Number:

, Saskatoon Police Service

Subject: Public Advisory - Small Business Owners And Armed Robberies


Saskatoon Police are investigating a number of armed robberies which have occurred since December 11, 2010. Fourteen armed robberies have occurred primarily to convenience stores and gas bars in the north west part of Saskatoon. Although this number is not unusual, investigators believe that the same suspect or suspects may be responsible for more than one incident.

Police are encouraging business owners and employees to consider the following steps in order to deter becoming a victim of this crime.

1. Be alert to suspicious people, activity, and vehicles around your business.

2. The best deterrent of crime is really good customer service - do not be afraid to approach someone who appears to be loitering in the store and adopt a policy of asking customers to remove clothing that conceal a person's face.

3. Keep emergency numbers readily available.

4. Move display shelves away from windows to maintain good visibility inside and out. Employees can better keep an eye on suspicious persons and someone outside may notice if a robbery does occur.

5. Advertise a cash control policy. Adopt a cash limit and deposit excess in a safe.

6. Install and advertise surveillance cameras. They serve as a deterrent and provide evidence should a crime occur.

7. Instruct employees to follow the robber's instructions. Employees should hand over the money or items being demanded. They should not attempt to fight back.

8. Employees should try to observe and remember the robber's description and vehicle if one is used including a plate number.

9. Lock the doors following a robbery, notify police and avoid touching any areas of evidence.

More information and safety tips for small businesses can be found on the Saskatoon Police website at by accessing 'downloads' on the home page. Anyone with information is asked to contact Police at 975-8300 or Saskatoon Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Previous Posts


Reed Security Group (HEADQUARTERS)
14-1724 Quebec Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V9
Ph: 306.653.3200
1.844.384.SAFE (7233)

Sure Innovations
1701 Saskatchewan Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1P7
Ph: 306.974.0888

Nine Yards Technologies Inc.
Ph: 306.341.2477


ViboPulse Services
Ph: 306.206.0700

JNG Electrical Services
Ph: 306.994.7140

Thor Security Ltd.
1-243 South Industrial Drive
Prince Albert, SK S6V 7L9
Ph: 306.922.7200


Alltech Smart Security
Ph: 289.990.3234


Oxford Security Systems
#104, 150 Edwards Way NW
Airdrie, AB T4B 4B9
Ph: 587.393.2800

Ph: 1.844.384.7233