Crime Prevention Tips for Businesses
(Bradford/Innisfil, ON) The South Simcoe Police Service is urging business owners to protect commercial premises after the province announced that non-essential businesses must close. Let’s work together in these unprecedented times to prevent crime and stop criminals from taking advantage of the situation.
Here are some crime prevention tips to increase security to properties that are temporarily closed:
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.
Remove material around the exterior of the property that may be used to gain entry into the premises such as bricks, metal poles and construction materials.
Chief Andrew Fletcher:
“We advise residents and business owners to heed the words of health experts and the government. Stay home, stay closed, and practice physical distancing. Be kind to each other during these very stressful, uncertain days. Stay healthy and stay safe. We also encourage home owners to ensure their vehicles and properties are locked and secure. Be vigilant and call police if you see suspicious activity.”