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Editorial - Forewarned

Tuesday's report about robbers wearing company uniforms sparked quite some concern among the population. After all, it's quite normal for different types of delivery personnel to have almost free access to many offices and businesses.

Luckily, it's also a small island and in many cases the faces involved are familiar. After the police's public caution, especially front office staff would do well to be extra vigilant about anyone they don't recognise.

The proprietor of one of the biggest players on the local delivery scene, Domino's Pizza, explained that all their drivers must have a company sign, be in full uniform and carry the order in branded bags (see related article). He suggested that if something doesn't look or feel right it probably isn't and in their case certainly those who did not place any order to begin with should be very careful.

The latter is good advice, because most reputable businesses that make deliveries would not accept real employees going around only partially in uniform and lacking properly identifiable packaging for their goods, while some even require a badge with photo ID. Making sure everything at least seems in order is simply the prudent thing to do.

Other than that, residents and people on the job need to use their common sense in evaluating suspect situations. The saying "forewarned is forearmed" comes to mind.