Business Watch Community Meeting Notes - June 25th, 2015
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What is Business Watch?
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Business Watch is a proactive crime prevention program that establishes a formal communication network between local businesses, merchants, and the Ukiah Police Department. The program enables the business community to take an active role in reducing crime by raising awareness about commercial crime trends, offering crime prevention training, and sharing current community information via Nixle and other social media resources.
Why Should I Join?
Most criminals are opportunists. As business owners and merchants, your objective should be to prevent commercial crimes rather than react to them. When you join Business Watch, you are taking an important step toward reducing criminal activity in and around your business in the most effective way—before it begins.
Modeled after the very successful Neighborhood Watch concept, the Business Watch program helps facilitate a relationship among business owners, employees, property managers, and law enforcement. Getting to know the people in neighboring businesses and forming a community that looks out for each other significantly impacts law enforcement’s ability to maintain safer businesses and commercial complexes.
Business Watch is a voluntary program offered at no cost to businesses. Business Watch members will be invited to attend free training seminars, schedule business security surveys and be part of a crime prevention communication network, including an online forum.
UPD will send Business Watch members crime prevention information regularly to assist business owners and managers as they train employees about how to recognize suspicious activity and report crimes. UPD speakers are available to present training seminars on topics such as workplace violence, internal and external theft, robbery prevention, fraud and identity theft, and improved building security.
How Do I Join?
For more information, contact UPD’s business liaison, Community Service Officer Nancy Sawyer at (707) 467-5708 or email@example.com. Or you can visit our website at www.ukiahpolice.com. Once you’ve joined, you can proudly display a Business Watch sticker that lets others know you’re connected.