Business & Retail

Business and Retail Crime Prevention Tips

1. General protective measures

  • Keep the interior, front and rear entrances well lit
  • Keep advertising and merchandise out of windows as much as possible
  • Always keep the rear and side doors locked
  • Be sure your alarms are in good working order at all times
  • Ensure video equipment is maintained and in good order
  • Do not open your place of business before or after regular business hours
  • The store cash register should be located so as to allow a clear view for passing motorists, pedestrians and police patrols.
  • Notify the police if suspicious persons hang around your place of business. Be especially alert at opening and closing times.
A Peterborough Police Service K9 officer walking his K9 partner Wolfe.

2. Plan with your employees in case of a Robbery/Theft occurs

Assign employees different tasks in case of a robbery/theft:

  • one to call the police (9-1-1)
  • one to make observations about the suspect – (write down immediately after)
  • one to protect the evidence at the scene of the crime – (do not touch evidence -note etc)
  • Remain calm and obey all commands
  • Attempt to get direction of last travel of suspect or vehicle plate/info

3. Install Surveillance and Security Cameras

  • We highly recommend that all retail businesses use a digital video recording system to monitor and record customers. The use of video and photographs of suspects are highly useful in investigations are a proven deterrent.

4. Register your Alarm with Peterborough Police

5. Money Handling/Deposits

  • Do not keep large amounts of cash on the premise
  • Keep decoy or “bait” currency on hand to give suspect
  • Use a drop safe or night deposit. When making night deposits have someone with you, stagger your delivery times and DO NOT carry money in sight.