Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Advisory Message: Burglary Prevention

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Tuesday June 4, 2013, 2:22 PM

LAPD - Van Nuys

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Advisory: Burglary Prevention
Hi Bel-Air Association,
Burglary Prevention

Burglary is a crime of opportunity. Make their work risky and difficult, and you stand a good chance of stopping them before they get in.

Your first line of defense
To a burglar visibility means vulnerability. They hide behind fences and shrubbery. The key is to keep trespassers out while keeping your property visible. Keep hedges clipped down around waist level.

Burglars try the doors and windows first. If burglars have difficulty here, chances are they will move on to another property.

Join neighboring businesses to hire a uniformed guard from a reputable security company. Check references. The security staff should be familiar with your employees, your store hours and your shoplifting/internal theft policies.

Light is a great crime deterrent. In fact, some states have minimum standards for exterior lighting. Light up all dark areas, especially doors and windows. If your business is in a poorly lit commercial area, join with other merchants to petition local government for more
lights or pool funds and underwrite the cost yourselves.

Your best protection against an intruder is visibility: Well-lit open spaces, low counters, and large, uncluttered display windows — these precautions keep the burglar in the spotlight.
Put your safe and cash register up front so that the burglar’s activity will be visible from the outside. Empty your cash drawers and leave them open so a burglar won’t be tempted to break them open. Anchor safes in concrete, and make sure they have combination locks. Put locks on all interior doors and hook them into your alarm system.

(Always check fire regulations before installing such locks.)

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