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Business Safety Watch - What Businesses Can Do About Crime

  • Work with law enforcement
  • Get others involved
  • Form a Business Safety Watch

How does a Business Safety Watch work?

It works by showing businesses and their employees they are not powerless against crime. It does this through:

  • Crime prevention training
  • Business assistance
  • "Phone Trees"
  • Business patrols
  • Improving conditions

Here's how to start a Business Safety Watch:

  • Inform law enforcement
  • Survey the business area
  • Invite other businesses to a meeting
  • Define your territory
  • Set priorities

Your Watch Group can do something about specific problems facing your business area, such as:

  • Violence in the work place
  • Break-ins
  • Vandalism
  • Drug Dealers
  • Assault

Protecting your business area is a big job. Law enforcement and local government are a resource to help you. Although the police can't be everywhere, your Watch group can be their "eyes and ears" by looking out for:

  • Suspicious people
  • Suspicious vehicles
  • Suspicious activity
  • Know how to report your suspicions

Getting People Involved

Businesses at first may be wary about taking part. To overcome this, you can:

  • Bring businesses together with a common goal
  • Keep in touch with area businesses
  • Maintain interest in crime prevention

For more information on business security or the Business Safety Watch program, please call the Community Services Section at 258-3636.

Last updated: 10/23/2008 3:47:27 PM