Business Crime Watch

Purpose

To encourage the free exchange of information and crime prevention techniques between the Sheriff's Office and area businesses.

Mission

To reduce crime and the fear of crime in the workplace. We teach employees of local businesses to recognize crime risks and train them to accurately report crimes and successfully prosecute offenders.

Crime Facts

Three basic elements are needed for a crime to occur:

  • Ability to commit the crime
  • Criminal desire
  • Opportunity to commit the crime

If we reduce opportunities for crime and make crime more difficult to commit, we significantly reduce the risk and severity of crime at our businesses, if it should occur.

Membership Benefits

  • Business security surveys
  • Planning assistance for new or expanding businesses
  • Crime prevention through environmental design
  • Training seminars
    • Crime reporting (emergency/non-emergency)
    • Armed robbery prevention and survival
    • Burglary prevention/physical security
    • Check and credit card fraud prevention
    • Office security - people and property
    • Violence in the workplace prevention
    • Personal safety and awareness
    • Shoplifting prevention, apprehension and prosecution
    • Other specialized training available upon request
  • Business Watch warning signs for display in your business
  • Network with other businesses

Organization

Business Crime Watch is modeled after our highly successful Neighborhood Watch program. Business watches are organized by geographical area. Watch activities are facilitated by a business watch coordinator who acts as a liaison between the Sheriff's Office and the business community.

Participation

The Sheriff's Office crime prevention unit offers programs on personal safety as well as programs for home and business security. Call us at (804) 365-6110 to find out more or to schedule a program for your group.


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