People who rob convenience stores have much in common with coyotes. They are both opportunistic predators. Both are wary as opposed to intelligent. Both are creatures of habit.
It should be possible to harden a business against robbers by studying successful coyote hunters and doing everything they don't do.
Coyotes are wary of traps
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|The fear of entrapment can be exploited by many, baffling patterns of islands in parking lots. Robbers want a quick, uncomplicated escape plan.|
Coyotes crave concealment
|You are doing it wrong if you need a step stool to restock.|
|Get the signs out of the windows! Robbers get nervous when any passerby (or cop) can look in and see shenanigans.|
Coyotes like a big score
Coyotes generally eat mice. They have to work hard for each bite. They are irresistibly drawn to The Big Payoff. Coyote hunters will collect roadkill and make a pile. Coyotes cannot leave it alone.
If possible, make it attractive to pay with by installment, with credit cards or by check. Nobody robs insurance agents because they have no cash on hand.
Drop-box safes are a great idea. Put up signs so folks know. Make sure you use it.
Coyotes prefer defenseless victims
|Four fake security cameras cost about $25. They are a great compliment to having a few real ones. Consider putting a security camera on the parking lot. The person running the cash register rarely sees the vehicles that customers drive.|