Treating this robbery as a learning experience, I have a few questions...
First, why was this sandwich shop targeted by the criminals? I'd think, except the cash register, they won't have many things of value.
They rob the same way you work a 9 to 5 job.
Not a lot of money, but yes some cash.
Notice the time of the day, 5:30 PM
Probably the cash register had some money accumulated by then.
Why that place?
It’s on a mayor avenue, full of people and lots of guards near by.
People get too comfortable and trustful.
Just two blocks out of this main avenue, and shops don’t even let you in, they do business through steel bars and grating doors, only known folks are allowed in. It’s crazy but this is very common in many parts of Buenos Aires, and I’m not talking about the really bad ones either.
The avenue and lateral streets allow for fast escape routes as well.
People think there’s safety in numbers.
There is, but not as much as people think.
I’ve seen people get robbed at gunpoint at the train station during rush hour, the place PACKED full of people, traveling like sardines.
Could it be because they don't have security guards? Or perhaps, they are the easiest target among the shops at that location?
Well yes. The pharmacy I mention across the street obviously had more money, but it also had a guard.
Put yourself in the bad guys shoes, which would you rob?
The place with the armed guy? Or better rob 2 or 3 places with no security?
What do shops do, besides hiring guards, to protect themselves?
Do store employees fight back?
Thanks! Keep up the good work!
Sometimes they do. We’ve seen some pretty weird things here.
People fighting back and sometimes winning, pulling guns out (mostly when its the store owner), one guy, (amateur boxer), knocked down the armed robber with a well placed punch in one occasion.
Most of the time people don’t fight back, they take the money, and that’s that.
Best thing if you ask me is to have security, and also have a gated entrance, and you only allow them to enter when they don’t look suspicious.
Of course most of the time they look like ordinary well dressed people, but at least it’s an added security measure.
The guard is your best weapon. Still places with armed guards also get robbed occasionally.
There’s no warrantee. You have to set up as many layers of security as you can.