As we adapt to our current day-to-day surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on our community, the Mpls Police Department has issued suggestions for businesses—including retail, hospitality and property owners and managers—to consider during an emergency declaration. Below is the message sent by MPD this week.
Burglary of Business Crime Prevention
The 1st Precinct suggests the following recommendations to help reduce the opportunity for crimes to occur during this emergency declaration.
We are asking all residents of 1st precinct to report suspicious activity to prevent the potential of burglaries of business by calling 911.
Be aware of your surroundings.
FOR BUSINESSES If your business is closed during the emergency declaration review your security plan, remove any cash and valuables. Remember to make sure your security system is functional, accessible and is armed in the event of an incident. Check all lighting. Update the list of emergency contact if law enforcement personnel need to communicate with you.
Additional tips below to safeguard your business during a very difficult time.
- BURGLARY PREVENTION
- Make sure all outside entrances and inside security doors have deadbolt locks. If you use padlocks, they should be made of steel and kept locked at all times. Remember to remove serial numbers from your locks, to prevent unauthorized keys from being made.
- All outside or security doors should be metal-lined and secured with metal security crossbars. Pin all exposed hinges to prevent removal. Use shrouds around the deadbolt to prevent prying.
- Windows should have secure locks and burglar-resistant glass. Consider installing metal grates on all your windows except display windows.
- Remove all expensive items from window displays at night and make sure you can see easily into your business after closing.
- Light the inside and outside of your business, especially around doors, windows, skylights, or other entry points. Consider installing covers over exterior lights and power sources to deter tampering.
- Check the parking lot for good lighting and unobstructed views.
- Be sure your safe is fireproof and securely anchored. It should be kept in plain view. Leave it open when it’s empty, use it to lock up valuables when you close. Remember to change the combination and all business access codes when an employee leaves your employment.
For more information or if you have any questions, contact:
- Crime Prevention Specialist Renee Allen ([email protected])
- Crime Prevention Specialist Carla Nielson—Cedar Riverside ([email protected])
- Safety Communications Center – 612-332-1111
- 1st Precinct Front Desk – 612-673-5701