Late Shifts at Convenience Stores Pose Potentially Fatal Security Risks

As clocks pass midnight, violent crimes terrorize some convenience retailers


More than two-thirds of those deaths were the result of a robbery or attempted robbery. About 60 percent of work-related homicides occur in the retail trades and services.

"It does bring to the forefront that employers need to look at this as a potential safety threat to employees," Norton said.

Those most likely to become victims work with cash, such as clerks and waiters. Other high-risk jobs are taxi drivers, truck drivers and guards. Other risk factors include working alone, working in a high-crime area and selling valuables.

--Reporter Becky Pallack contributed to this article.

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