CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - The Crisp County Sheriff's office is helping business owners and citizens protect themselves from robbers.
Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock got the idea for the class from a program at a Sheriff's Office in Florida with hopes that business owners will become proactive about robberies.
Armed robberies don't happen everyday, but when they do Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock wants to make sure that victims make it out alive.
"Let's talk about some of the elements of armed robberies," said Sheriff Billy Hancock, Crisp County Sheriff. "Let's talk about some of the things that people do when they do robberies. What causes easy targets for armed robberies."
Store Owner Bob Prajapati is one of many to attend the class. Robbers were caught on camera at his store last week.
"Still I'm pretty scared," said Bob Prajapati, Store Owner. "I don't know but I think it will help from here."
"Robbery is the number one source of violence from strangers," said Sheriff Billy Hancock.
Hancock stressed the importance of having quality surveillance, being aware of your surroundings and getting good descriptions of the robbers. They passed around a sheet of paper with descriptions of guns, automobiles and physical characteristics that will help police.
"We want them to get use to having it in their store, in their place of business," said Sheriff Hancock. "So that if a robbery occurs they pull that sheet out and they circle those items while they're fresh on their mind."
Security guard, Rayford Lynch, believes the class will also help him in his line of work.
"Just to be more observant of everything that goes on," said Rayford Lynch, Security Guard.
"We just want them to be aware of things they can do to help us and then we want to be proactive and give them items that will help them prevent robberies," said Sheriff Hancock.
Nearly thirty people showed up to the first class. Sheriff Hancock was so impressed by the turnout that they hope to plan other classes.