Burglary, robbery, vandalism, shoplifting, employee theft, and fraud cost businesses billions of dollars each year. Crime can be particularly devastating to small businesses, which lose both customers and employees when crime and fear claim a neighborhood.
When small businesses are victims of crime, they often react by changing their hours of operation, raising their prices to cover their losses, relocating outside the community, or simply closing. Fear of crime isolates businesses, much like fear isolates individuals - and this isolation increases vulnerability to crime.
As a business owner, you are often told that the responsibility to prevent external and internal theft lies squarely with you. But what, exactly, can you do to create a safe, secure environment for your employees and your business?
First...When you start a Business Watch program in your area, block or shopping mall, you will take an important step. Neighboring businesses working with the local law enforcement agency can establish and support a network that works. This will make YOUR business community an attractive and safe place to work and shop.
Business Watch is hardly a new idea; in fact, it is based on one of the oldest and simplest concepts known to man - neighbor-helping-neighbor. And when neighboring merchants get together and cooperate with law enforcement, crime CAN be reduced.
The Maple Valley Police Department supports local business by providing educational training and materials to owners, managers and employees of area businesses. There are many crimes that a single business owner alone cannot prevent. Likewise, there are many crimes not preventable solely by the police. Together, we can make a difference. Business Watch and the Chamber of Commerce unite merchants and police in a common goal to combat crime in our community.
The Maple Valley Police Department provides the following brochures and will conduct on-site training classes for Maple Valley Crime Watch participants:
- Robbery Prevention and Survival
- Shoplift Prevention and Apprehension
- Burglary/ Physical Security
- Counterfeit Currency Detection
- Workplace Violence
- Check Fraud/Thumbprint Signature Program
To join the Maple Valley Business Watch contact:
Robin Larsen, Police Administrative Assistant, at (425) 413-5158 or e-mail your business name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUSINESS WATCH NEWSLETTERS
January 2017: Data Security [PDF]
December 2016: Winter Related Hazards, Part 2 [PDF]
November 2016: Winter Related Hazards, Part 1 [PDF]
October 2016: Crime Prevention: Part 2 [PDF]
September 2016: Crime Prevention: Part 1 [PDF]
August 2016: Motivating Your Employees [PDF]
July 2016: Graffiti [PDF]
June 2016: A Safe Workplace: Part 2 [PDF]
May 2016: A Safe Workplace: Part 1 [PDF]
April 2016: Keep Your Employees Safe on the Road [PDF]
March 2016: Property Crimes [PDF]
February 2016: Top Five Scams for Small Businesses [PDF]