Robberies happen so fast, catching many victims off guard. That's why KCMO police are working on a new project to better prepare local businesses along Southwest Blvd. and across town.
A boarded up window can be evidence of the trouble that struck the Estetica La Excelencia salon along Southwest Blvd. over the weekend. Stylist Maribel Hernandez said there was shattered glass everywhere. She doesn't know if vandals were aiming to shoot out the window or if someone was actually trying to break into the shop.
"All the glass was broken but we have an alarm system so I don't know what they're trying to take. There's nothing here that they could take," Hernandez said.
But she's glad to hear that police are working on a new plan to help mom and pop shops deal with robberies. It's an idea Detective Cristin Stammler of the KCMO Police Department copied from another city.
"I did a little bit of research and found that the city of Mesa, Arizona Police Department was utilizing a robbery kit type idea to partner with these businesses," said Stammler.
Detective Stammler says many times victims are so shaken they forget to take mental notes about important details that can help solve a crime. That's why police plan to pass out a new robbery prevention kit.
"The robbery kit itself is something to be kept, say, underneath the cash register or near where the employee's working so that right after the robbery, which is a very traumatic experience for anybody, it just goes step by step on what to do right after the robbery occurs," said Stammler.
He says there were a string robberies in the westside community in the winter. He wanted to do more to help the victims.
KCTV5's Sandra Olivas asked Hernandez what she thinks of this new kit.
"That's going to be good because it's going to help us know what to do if something happens in that situation," she said.
Police plan to attend some of the neighborhood association meetings to spread the word about this robbery prevention kit.
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