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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 want to start a Business Watch, check out our training packet to see some of the things that will be covered in the formal training. Printed packets will be provided at the training.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Business Watch Organizer. You will be contacted soon by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program Coordinator for your area.
Learn more about how to start a Business Watch by reviewing our Business Watch Manual