Monday, November 16, 2009

Robbery prevention seminar slated

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It's the time of year that robberies at convenience stores usually increase, said Gadsden Police Capt. Jeff Wright.

"It usually starts just before Thanksgiving and goes through Christmas," Wright said.

This year, the Gadsden Police Department is teaming up with the Etowah County Sheriff's Department and the Etowah County District Attorney's office to make all convenience store operators aware of ways to prevent robberies at their businesses, Wright said.

The event will be presented by Rachel Krech, risk consultant with the Federated Insurance Co., Wright said.

The number of crimes such as car break-ins, thefts, burglaries, purse snatchings and robberies usually increases during the holidays, Wright said.

The increase in robberies often is seen at convenience stores and similar businesses.

This seminar focuses on convenience stores, according to Wright.

The seminar will give clerks and owners information to help make the business less prone to robberies and about what to do if the business is robbed, Wright said.

"This is something that has been needed for a long time," Sheriff Todd Entrekin said. "(Gadsden Police) Chief (Richard) Crouch had the idea for this event, and we're glad to be a partner."

All convenience store owners and clerks will be invited, he said.

"It is something we'd like to eventually expand to other businesses," Entrekin said.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Ryan's Family Steak House, 127 River Road, Gadsden.