Cash and Carried Away

    Interview with Troy Evans 7-20-2004 Excerpt… • Bait money: Tellers slip robbers a few bills with prerecorded serial numbers to aid in prosecution if they’re found in the robber’s possession. • Electronic trackers: A few years ago in Baltimore tiny transmitters would be included in cash given to robbers. Antenna towers would pick up the signal and relay it to police. But the system had glitches and has been dismantled. Now a system relying on global positioning satellites is said to be under review in some parts of the country. • Security cameras: Just about every robber gets his picture taken. The new digital images broadcast on television are proving to be one of the most effective tools. • Bandit barriers: Some robbers are deterred by seeing the tellers safely locked behind bullet-resistant plastic. Some banks in California have gone a step further, instructing tellers behind barriers not to cooperate and to walk away when a robber passes a note. The tactic is controversial: What if the robber is provoked to put a gun to the temple of a customer? • Armed guards: Also controversial. Many banks would rather let the robber go than risk a shootout. There are clever low-tech strategies. A couple years ago in Massachusetts, security directors noticed that a high percentage of robbers favored the same fashion statement: baseball caps and sunglasses. So banks put up signs asking customers to remove caps and sunglasses before entering. Banks that didn’t put up the signs experienced a higher proportion of robberies, according to Tony Brissette, a bank security consultant in Shrewsbury, Mass. And money talks: Wells Fargo & Co. in San Francisco has raised the reward to an empirical science. Since instituting a standing $5,000 reward in 1991, the bank has paid $860,000 to catch 258 suspects, or $3,333 per robber — a good return on the dollar, says William Wipprecht, senior vice president and chief security officer of Wells Fargo. “More people are likely to know a bank robber than to win the lottery,” Wipprecht says, “so we’re giving those people the chance of a lifetime.” Getting Away Some bank robbers feel the industry’s pain. They would like to help. In 1999, Troy Evans finished a 7 1/2-year sentence for five robberies that netted about $50,000 over six months in Colorado and neighboring states. Now Evans, 41, is on the lecture circuit, giving motivational speeches about how he turned his life around — and talking to banking trade groups about robbery and security from his side of the teller window. He wrote a book last year called “From Desperation to Dedication: Lessons You Can Bank On.” “It’s pretty much common knowledge the people who work in the banks, they are instructed by policy to do exactly as you tell them to do,” Evans says. “Why go into a liquor store where the owner might have a gun behind the counter? Why not go into a place where they’re instructed to give you the money?” He
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Troy’s Times – July 1, 2004

Dear Friend, Welcome to Troy’s free bi-weekly electronic newsletter, developed for people interested in overcoming adversity, adapting to change and pushing oneself to realize their full potential. IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article: Family and Friends…Nothing more important Human Resource related insight. My Products Download Chapter 2 of my book! See Troy Speak for FREE! Recommended Websites and Products Sign up for my affiliate program and make money now! Click here to sign up for this e-zine! Earn a large commission for recommending me as a speaker! Subscriber opinions and impressions of this electronic newsletter as well as reader profiles FREE STUFF! “It is not important how we come to the events in our lives, but how we deal with those events”- Troy Feel free to forward this issue to friends, family and associates! This week’s article: Family and Friends, Nothing is more important… Nothing is more important than the loved ones in our lives, and I am in particular talking about the people in our everyday lives that we often take for granted- the ones we assume are always going to be there (the ones who get a peck on the cheek as we come home from a long day and then plop our bottoms on the couch- the ones who get that same peck on our way out the door in the morning). The people that we assume are always going to be there. Well, I am here to tell you that they are not always going to be there and I did not realize how important these people were until they were taken away from me. Let these people know you love them and let them know often. Do not have regrets later, regrets later are mistakes made today! It is not WHAT we have in our lives but WHO, and we all need to ask ourselves are we spending the least time with what is MOST important? Don’t give the best hour of your day to your job- give the best hour of your day to the loved ones in your life. SOME INSIGHT INTO HR MANAGEMENT: INTERNAL PRISON: THE THEFT OF PRODUCTIVITY As a professional speaker, one of my biggest challenges is to grab the attention of my audience within the first few minutes of the presentation- grab them by the throat if you will. I do this by coming out in a suite and tie, following an introduction in which I have been described as a recent college graduate who earned both of his degrees with a 4.0 GPA and placement on the Deans and Presidents List. I am portrayed as someone who was once an honors roll student, star athlete, father and family man. Upon entering the stage I ask the audience to take a close look at my face. “This is the face, as your were just told, of a recent college graduate, a recent college graduate who earned both his degrees with the highest academic honors available. This is the face of a kind man, an honest man, a trustworthy man,
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