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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9th 2009
4 INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 9, 2009 NEWS www.innerwestcourier.com.au Businesses get bandit survival tips Fiona Brady ASHFIELD police have issued some safety advice for small businesses who may be a target for armed robbers. It follows an attempted armed robbery at a newsagent in Earlwood on Monday in which a 42-year-old man was shot in the leg. The incident is being investi- gated by Ashfield police. Ashfield crime manager detec- tive Insp Tim Calman said service stations, fast food outlets and corner stores are often seen as ''soft targets'' by robbers and he warned people to take care. ''A significant number of armed robberies are drug related,'' he said. ''Drug users who desperately need money can be unpredictable and dangerous. They may be armed with a knife or firearm or syringe. ''As every business is unique the Ashfield Police Crime Preven- tion Officer can be contacted on 9797 4099 should you have any questions or wish police to under- take a security assessment of your business.'' Advice for business owners: Ensure cash is counted out of public view. Advertise with a sticker on the door that only minimum cash is kept on the premises. Consider fitting a safe with a post-feed device, time delay lock or dye bomb. If opening a shop late at night, consider rostering a minimum of two adult staff. If a robbery occurs: Stay calm and do as you are told. Don't activate alarms unless safe to do so. No amount of money is worth a human life. Remember details about the robber, such facial features, height, complexion, hair, clothing, weapon, vehicle and what direc- tion they headed in. As soon as the robber leaves, phone 000 to contact police and give your details and the details of the robber. Close the premises and ask all witnesses to remain or get their name and phone numbers. To preserve evidence, don't allow anyone to touch anything the robber may have touched. Bocce funds keep spirits alive Concord Bocce Club has been praised for its community work. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP294639. ACLI-UPI Bocce Club members have been praised for their great community work and have been awarded $500 from the State Gov- ernment to support the club's activities. Last Tuesday, Minister for Age- ing Paul Lynch and Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore visited the 60 senior Italian bocce players who meet regularly. The club started at Five Dock with about 15 people then moved to Concord Bowling Club where 63 members now meet every Tuesday and Friday. Ms D'Amore said organisations like the bocce club played a criti- cal role in keeping older people active in the community. ''Being a member of the bocce club not only keeps these seniors physically fit -- the benefits of regular social contact are just as valuable to the emotional well- being of these men and their families,'' Ms D'Amore said. Mr Lynch said he was pleased to be able to provide $500 to help the club hold competitions and take members on bus tours. Acli-Upi Bocce Club president Sam Galimi said the govern- ment's support was welcomed by the ''big happy family''. ''This club is particularly im- portant for retired seniors be- cause it provides them with a place to go for exercise, the ability to socialise together and the op- portunity to belong to a circle of friends,'' Mr Galimi said. ''Our get-togethers improve the well-being of our members who look forward to being in a happy environment where everybody enjoys playing bocce," he said.
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