PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police continue to search for a man who knocked down the manager of Jim’s Steaks on South Street Sunday and stole more than $30,000 dollars he was taking to the bank (see previous story). But police say there are steps small business owners can take to help avoid being the victim of such a crime.

Be aware of your surroundings, if you must carry your day’s receipts don’t go alone and, according to Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Ray Evers, trust your instincts.

“If you have any feeling that something’s not right, someone is following you — and most people know when something doesn’t feel right, they see a person that is maybe looking at them strangely — call 911. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially in the case on South Street.”

While using an armored car may be cost prohibitive, there are other options: “Use a courier. That’s probably one of the best things to do is use a courier if it’s a large amount of money.”

Stacy Irving, senior director of crime prevention services at the Center City District, says that’s very important, “Generally they feel that they may not have enough receipts worthy of employing an armored car. They also don’t realize that often they can call the local police district and ask if they can get an escort to the bank.”

Another tip: take a different route to the bank and try to make the deposit at different times. And if you must walk with the money, don’t go alone, she says, “It’s useful to disguise the money bag, whether they put it in a gym bag, a recycled grocery bag, a briefcase, even a baby bag — anything that won’t give it away that you’re carrying the day’s receipts.”

Reported by Suzanne Monaghan, KYW Newsradio 1060

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