Bulletproof glass may take a little more time to ban, both in Washington and around the nation, because it’s seen as protecting people, while roll-downs are seen as protecting property, said Rosemary J. Erickson, a sociologist and president of Coral Gables, Fla.-based Athena Research, which specializes in security.
Erickson has studied the effect of bullet-resistant glass on crime. She asked 1,000 convicted stick-up men to name 14 possible deterrents to robbery. Bulletproof glass ranked low on their lists. “They worry more about escape routes and police presence,” she said. “That said, you do understand the need for the shop clerk’s safety.”
Curiosity got the best of me, so I googled "Rosemary J. Erickson". I found her research paper from 1998. The key findings are the best way to prevent convenience store robberies:
- Key minimal cash in store
- Minimize escape routes
- Interior and exterior lighting
- Removing obstructions from windows so cash register is in plain sight from the outside
- Training of store clerks
This is good information to know as we begin to build relationships with businesses in our community.