The Province has ordered the two-week closure of businesses deemed “non-essential” or “at-risk”. The OPP 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
OPP members want the public to do its part to help keep local homes and businesses safe during the outbreak. 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.