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Business Watch is a program designed to increase commercial viability and residential livability by reducing crime and the fear of crime and promoting positive communication and relationships within an area. The program partners with businesses to maintain a safe and crime-free atmosphere by using communication and crime prevention tools.
The Business Watch program treats businesses in a specific geographic area as a small city or neighborhood. As in any neighborhood, residential or commercial, it is important for “neighbors” to know each other, have mechanisms for sharing information, and understand basic crime prevention and reporting techniques. This is accomplished by creating communication networks and improving observation and crime reporting skills.
Businesses interested in organizing a Business Watch should read our manual on Business Watch "A guide for crime prevention practitioners and volunteers", and contact your Crime Prevention Coordinator to arrange your Business Watch training or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more help or questions.
To read our Business Watch manuals, along with our other handouts, visit our handout page.
If you are starting a new Business Watch, join an existing Business Watch or just want to receive more info on Business Watch's, attend one of our Monthly Business Watch Group Trainings hosted by Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Mark Wells. Meetings for 2018 Begin February 28th, 2018. PDF Download of Training schedule: Business Watch Training Schedule
Monthly Training Schedule For new Business Watchs, new members of existing Business Watches, and information
Learn more about how to start a Business Watch by reviewing our Business Watch Manual