As the province has ordered the two-week closure of businesses deemed “non-essential” or “at-risk”, OPP West Region has some tips for business owners impacted by the closures, in an effort to ensure your property is less attractive to thieves.
● 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. Include the 1-888-310-1122 number to call the OPP should anyone notice a break-in or damage
● Clean all windows and floors prior to leaving and note when you’ve done so (have a log) as this will help investigators should there be a break-in
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
● Like your home, if it looks cared for and looks like someone is home or around regularly, thieves will move on to other locations
If you see suspicious activity around a business that you know is closed, or at homes where people aren’t around, call OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If it’s not a crime in progress, you can also make a report online at https://www.opp.ca/index.php?id=132.