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POSTED | 17:28 PM | 06-01-2018

Cash curfew to thwart robbers

Retail outlets are no longer obliged to accept cash between 10 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. in Denmark.

The new rules were introduced on January 1 in around 25 percent of the country’s postcodes, and outlets in the area have the right to refuse cash from 8.00 p.m., The Copenhagen Post reported on Saturday (Jan 6, 2017).

This applies to the whole of Copenhagen Municipality and other major urban areas where, according to the results of a 2012-16 Business Ministry report, retail stores are more likely to be robbed during the night.

The ministry is hopeful it will reduce the number of night-time robberies. With no cash on the premises, there will be fewer criminals to steal.

“By allowing the stores themselves to choose whether they want to receive cash in the evening and night hours, the stores are getting a new tool to protect the staff from robberies,” said Business Minister Brian Mikkelsen.

However, major chains need to get permission to introduce the restriction.

So far, only one major retail company has done so: the Norwegian supermarket chain Rema 1000.

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