"Bottom line, you have to protect yourself," said store owner Danny al Malikie.
A clerk was shot and killed by two masked men he didn't know earlier this month in Raleigh. Those responsible are still at large.
"I'll do whatever is necessary to protect myself. That's the bottom line," said al Malikie.
Al Malikie owns "The Spot," which is a popular market in Raleigh. He takes measures to make sure he stays safe. The business owner hasn't used his bats or taser yet but he has them just in case. He's not the only one.
Zakkee Hill just opened his doors last year. The business owner says he tries to make sure trouble never walks through his door.
"You never can tell," said Hill. "You have to be prepared. We try to protect ourselves as much as possible so someone doesn't come in and overtake us."
Some clerks are indeed fighting back -- not wanting to be a victim of a crime.
In western North Carolina, a clerk punched a would-be robber in the face. In Selma, clerks fought back and grabbed the gun right out of a criminal's hand.
"You will fight and they will think twice before they do that," said al Malikie.
Anyone with information regarding the murder of the Raleigh store clerk is asked to call Raleigh police.