As law enforcement officers, we understand the importance of keeping our communities safe and secure. Burglary is a serious crime that can have a significant impact on your business, your employees, and your customers. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help reduce the risk of burglary.
One of the most effective ways to prevent burglary is by not having cash on hand. Cash is a valuable target for burglars and can increase the likelihood of a break-in. We recommend that you minimize the amount of cash you keep on your premises by using electronic payment systems, such as credit card processing and online payment options.
For business owners who handle cash regularly, there are several safety tips that can help prevent burglaries and keep the business secure. To start with, it is important to keep cash registers and safes locked and secure at all times. Make sure that only trusted employees have access to them and change combinations frequently. Additionally, business owners should vary their routines and avoid keeping large amounts of cash on hand. When possible, it is best to make regular bank deposits and limit the amount of cash kept on the premises.
Another effective method is to install security cameras. Security cameras act as a deterrent to burglars, and they can also help identify perpetrators if a break-in does occur. We recommend that you install cameras in high-risk areas, such as entrances and exits, storage rooms, and cash registers.
In addition to these measures, we also recommend that you take the following steps to help reduce the risk of burglary:
- Create a business watch program where local business owners communicate and share crime information via email or fax
- Install motion lighting to illuminate inside the front of the businesses
- Install a quality alarm and camera system to deter and aid in the prosecution of criminal activity and make sure it is regularly maintained
- Smart placement of quality security camera(s)
- Post alarm and surveillance camera signs
- Keep your premises well-lit, both inside and outside
- Do not leave money in the cash register after hours
- Be vigilant and immediately report suspicious activity
- Do not obstruct the view into your business with anything
By implementing these measures, you can help reduce the risk of burglary and make your business a safer place for your employees and customers. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Michael A. White, Lieutenant and Acting Captain
Lomita Station Operations
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department
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