Crime Prevention Tips For Business Owners

STPS Increase Beat Patrol and Plan to Open Temporary Satellite Location:

The closure of non-essential businesses in Ontario may cause businesses owners to worry about the safety of their store fronts and the overall well being of their business community. Our city has seen an increase in property crime since the COVID 19 outbreak largely due to the fact that citizens are not out and about deterring crime. Right now Officers are missing that extra set of eyes and ears the public provide to help us solve crime.

In an effort to curb the uptick in property crime the St. Thomas Police Service is enhancing beat patrol in the downtown core. The service also plan on opening a temporary satellite base next week. The satellite base will be located in tourism booth on the north side of Talbot Street at Moore St. The satellite location will offer Officers easy and convenient access to technology while maintaining a presence in the downtown core.

If you own a business in the city we ask that you consider the following crime prevention tips to avoid being victimized:

Remove all valuables from storefront displays to help reduce smash-and-grab thefts;

Remove all valuables such as cash from the till and leave it open. Place cash tray in plain view on the counter to signal there’s no money in the till;

Remove signage from front windows so police can see the inside unobstructed during patrols;

Consider installing an alarm monitoring system. If you already have one, ensure the contact list is up-to-date;

Clearly post signage on the door/window to indicate that the premises are monitored by an alarm company; that no money is kept on the premises and contact information for police and the business owner in case a member of the public sees damage to the property or suspicious activity;

If the premises are closed for an extended period of time, clean all glass surfaces and create a tracking log of when cleaning was completed. This may help investigators with suspect fingerprints in the event of a break-in;

Consider installing a surveillance camera system that can be monitored online by owner/management;

Consider using a laminate on all windows and glass doors to prevent the glass from being broken from blunt force. Although damage to glass will occur in a break-in attempt, it will greatly discourage or prevent entry;

Install latch guards on doors to protect against prying including on secondary doors such as employee and loading entrances;

Keep some lighting on inside for surveillance opportunities during the evening;

Ensure all doors are properly secured and regularly check all exterior lighting is functioning; and

Remove material around the exterior of the property that may be used to gain entry

Consider checking on your business daily and report any suspicious activity to police as soon as possible.

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