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Business Watch Program
"…The County Sheriff's Department has charged a local couple with robbing Tom’s Tailor Shop at gunpoint and beating the shop owner, Thomas Harris, with a pistol around 5 p.m Friday. This incident is the latest in a series of recent robberies of a number of area businesses, including banks, convenience stores, gift shops, clothing stores, and gas stations, and has created a tense climate for businesses and local law enforcement officials…"
This account from a mid-west newspaper typifies those that appear almost daily in the media across the country. It's a fact—the threat of crime is part of doing business. No business is immune from the growing menace of burglary, robbery, shoplifting, personal assaults, internal thefts, check forgery, and computer and credit card fraud. Studies have shown that at least 30 percent of all small business failures are the result of losses from crime. Hardest hit of all are retail businesses, but statistics show that all small businesses suffer devastating effects from crime.
As a business owner, you are often told that the responsibility to prevent external and internal theft lies squarely with you. But what, exactly, can you do to create a safe, secure environment for your employees and your business?
First… When you start a Business Watch program in your area, block or shopping mall, you will take an important step. Neighboring businesses working with the City of Roseville Police Department can establish and support a network that works. This will make your business community an attractive and safe place to work and shop.
Business Watch is hardly a new idea; in fact, it is based on one of the oldest and simplest concepts known to man—neighbor-helping-neighbor. And when neighboring merchants get together and cooperate with law enforcement, crime can be reduced.
Lessen the Opportunities for the Criminal
Take control of what happens in your business community, and lessen your chances of becoming a victim. Through Business Watch, you will be making crimes against yourself and your fellow business neighbors as difficult as possible. Thriving Business Watch programs across the nation are deterring criminals by:
- Promoting communication and understanding between law enforcement and the business community
- Encouraging cooperation between neighboring merchants
- Teaching merchants to crime-proof their own properties and to watch over neighboring businesses and report any suspicious activity to authorities
- Developing a telephone tree system for quick dissemination of information regarding criminal activity in the area
- Encouraging the development of signals to activate in adjacent businesses when someone needs help
Additional benefits of Business Watch participation include:
- Authority to display signs and window decals that warm, "This is a Business Watch area… suspicious activities will be reported to authorities and to fellow merchants"
- Security surveys of members’ premises to identify high crime opportunities.
To form a BUSINESS WATCH in your area:
- Call a meeting with nearby merchants/businesses. Arrange for the Roseville Police Departments Crime Prevention Coordinator to discuss Business Watch and crime prevention techniques with your group
- Decide on the next meeting; make this an ongoing prevention program
- Invite speakers to regularly scheduled meetings for crime prevention tips and planning group strategies. Internal or employee crime should be one of the first topics for discussion.
For more information contact:
NCORCA Coordinator / Member Sacramento InfraGard
Roseville Police Department
City of Roseville
1051 Junction Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678