Posted on 23rd March 2017
Our Police Support Volunteers (PSVs) have been back out patrolling the streets of Derby to give small businesses crime prevention advice.
Five PSVs joined the Normanton Safer Neighbourhood Team yesterday evening, Wednesday, March 22, visiting shops and small businesses on Normanton Road, following up on a similar event in Littleover earlier in the month.
The team visited around 60 shops and small businesses offering advice about crime prevention, security and leaving money on site and in tills.
Kate Bowyer, Derbyshire police crime prevention officer, said: “We know that sometimes small business and shop owners can be targeted by thieves. We hope that with events such as this we can show that by taking some relatively small measures business owners can help to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of such crimes.”
Amongst the measures recommended are:
- Bars or grilles on windows – this can deter/prevent entry
- Deadbolt or padlock keys work best to secure doors
- Motion sensor lights and a monitored alarm system will provide you greater peace of mind and is much more effective than a standard burglar alarm
- Make sure you remove any valuable pieces that are positioned by windows or can be seen through the windows
- It is important to keep your business well lit, both at night and during the day. A lighted area makes it easier for people to see what is going on around your business. Keeping a light on inside will also help see if anyone is inside after dark
- Review your cash handling procedures so that you do not hold too much cash on the premises. An insurance rated safe, bolted to the floor with anti- tamper sensors and a time lock is recommended. Advertise that you do not leave cash on the premises
- Be wary if you make regular bank deposits, try to vary your routine and ensure that you have a risk ssessment and that staff are not alone. It may be safer to arrange for a specialist collection company to do this for you.
A leaflet detailing this advice is attached above.
For more information contact your Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.