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Business Watch

Modeled after Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch takes the “neighbors looking out for neighbors” concept to the commercial level, creating a partnership between business, law enforcement, and other organizations that represent business interests. The Business Watch philosophy is straightforward—Take control of what happens in your business community and lessen your chances of becoming a victim.

Business Watches actively reduces and prevents crime through cooperation and education. Programs vary according to need; however, successful groups adhere to these fundamental steps: 

  • Promote communication and understanding between law enforcement and business. 
  • Encourage and enhance cooperation among merchants. 
  • Teach merchants to crime-proof their own properties, watch over neighboring businesses, and document and report suspicious activity. 
  • Develop a telephone tree and/or email distribution list to quickly disseminate information about area crime. 
  • Develop signals to activate in adjacent businesses when someone needs help.

  • Program Benefits

    When you start a Business Watch program on your street or block, or within your shopping center or mall, you take an important step toward a safer environment for yourself, your employees, your customers—and your community as a whole. In addition to reducing crime, Business Watch offers many other benefits, including opportunities to:
  • Network with other area businesses.
  • Foster a good working rapport with area law enforcement.
  • Offer employee training and education.
  • Garner publicity and community goodwill or your establishment.

  • Tips:

    Set clear, achievable goals for your program. Your crime prevention officer can offer insight into what your new group can realistically expect to accomplish in a given timeframe.

    Start a list of names, street addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and vehicle descriptions of those who decide to participate in the program. You may also want to include names and ages of spouses and children, and work and school schedules. Other pertinent information might include names, job titles, and number of employees; business hours of operation; and whether or not participating businesses have burglar alarms, surveillance cameras, or timers on lights. While some of this information may seem somewhat personal to individuals who have just met, it is essential to commit to the Business Watch effort at this stage and agree to work together.

    More information and Helpful Resources:  

    If you are interested in starting a Business Watch group, contact the Business Connect Team at or 916-746-1084.
    Business Watch Program

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    "…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…"


    Business Watch - NCORCA

    News ImageBusiness Watch Overview – The purpose of the NCORCA / CrimeDex (Northern California Organized Retail Crime Association) is to establish a means of communication between Retailers & the City of Roseville Police Department. By working together this allows Retailers to share information regarding Retail Crime with the goal of reducing internal and external theft. We meet several times a year and regularly share suspect pictures- info, video, crime alerts, and trends in crime. Additional information can be provided by contacting Al Moody at:

    Operation Identification

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    What is Operation Identification

    Operation Identification is a citizen's burglary prevention program for use in homes and business. The Operation ID program involves the marking of property with an identifying number as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. In communities where it has been properly implemented, Operation Identification has shown dramatic results in its ability to reduce burglaries.



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