Tips for business owners shutting down for the next 14 days:
* Do a thorough cleaning of windows and floors and log when it was done so that investigators will have a timeline to work with if a break-in happens
* Remove all valuables from storefront displays
* Remove all cash from tills and leave open with the cash tray out and visibly empty
* Ensure alarm systems are working and all contact lists are up to date
* Post on doors/windows that the premises are monitored by an alarm company and that no money is kept on the premises
* Consider a surveillance system which can be monitored remotely by phone/online
* Consider putting a laminate on all windows/glass to discourage and help prevent easy entry
* Keep some lighting on inside to help with video surveillance and consider lighting on timers if possible
* Ensure all doors and windows are locked and secure
* Ensure all exterior lighting is functioning and on — consider motion sensor lights as another option
* Remove anything on the exterior which could be used to gain entry to your premises (bricks, ladders, poles, construction materials)
* Regularly check the building and keep track of when you check (have a log) but go at different times
If you are a business owner and have experienced a break and enter to your business, call us at 705-675-9171.
If you are a business owner and have noticed vandalism to your business (i.e. broken window) please report it online.
If community members witness suspicious persons or activity around closed businesses, please contact Police at 705-675-9171 or Crime Stoppers at 705-222-TIPS.
For a crime in progress, call 911.