Most victims of crime do not realize that property crimes, such as burglary and theft, are generally crimes of opportunity. Criminals tend to look for a door that can be easily opened and seek out dark loading docks that are left unattended. These situations make it very easy for a criminal to commit thess acts without being detected. By thinking safety and security first, and taking the necessary steps to secure your business, you will reduce these crimes of opportunity and the risks to your business, employees and customers.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
The South Salt Lake Police Department utilizes concepts and strategies based on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). The CPTED concept is that the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to the reduction of crime and improvement in the quality of life. A CPTED review involves five overlapping strategies. The strategies are Natural Surveillance, Territorial Reinforcement, Natural Access Control, Maintenance, and Target Hardening.
For further information on CPTED principles and to schedule a review of your business, please fill out this form. The South Salt Lake Police Department would also like to provide you and your employees with the education and knowledge to reduce the crime in your area. If you would like to set up a meeting with one of our officers to discuss security and safety for your business and employees, feel free to contact Sgt. Bill Hogan at (801) 412-3631.
CLICK HERE to download a copy of our "Crime Prevention for Your Business Using CPTED" brochure. It's full of suggestions on ways to improve the safety of your employees and your property.
Also available to your business is a “Business Watch” window/door sticker. These stickers make the statement to your customers, employees, the police department, and criminals that you have taken the extra precautions to safeguard your business, and you, along with your neighboring businesses, are partnering to keep an eye out for suspicious and criminal behavior.
Crime Prevention Recommendations
Below is a checklist of the potential vulnerable spots that a criminal may find appealing. We have created this list to assist you in reducing your chances of being a victim of crime. Please take a minute and walk around your business and evaluate what you feel are strong points and potential weak points.
Front of Building:
- Are the street numbers visible from the road?
- Is your business clearly marked with the name and type of business?
- Is the public entrance open and inviting to the customers?
- Is the lobby/office visible from the street or parking area?
- Are the front windows free of posters and obstructions?
- If open at night, is the building well lighted?
- Are there any displays outside or next to the door that would be an easy target of theft?
- Is it visible that an alarm system is present?
- Do you have security cameras?
- What type of doors and locks do you have?
- Where is the check out counter and cash register in relationship to the door?
Side of Building:
- Is access restricted to employees from the side entrances?
- Is there adequate lighting?
- Is the parking lot clearly marked or restricted to employees only?
- Is there a “Bull Pen” or secured fenced area?
- What is stored in the “Bull Pen” that could be attractive to criminals?
Rear of Building:
- What type of entrance do you have?
- Who is allowed to enter the building from the rear and is access controlled?
- Is the street address on the rear of the building in case of an emergency?
- Are there any items accessible to assist criminals in their activities? (i.e. ladders, crow bars, stackable items, etc.)
- Where are your utility boxes and fuse panels?
Inside of Building:
- Where are your public restrooms located?
- Do your employees know the Police/Fire dispatch numbers, or are the numbers posted in a visible area?
- Do you have a company policy describing what to do in the case of a robbery, theft or emergency at your business?
- Who closes and locks the business?
- Do your employees know how to use your alarm system properly?
- Is there a safe to secure money at night or is it deposited at the end of the day?
- Do you have roof access? Is it secured?
- Do you check identification for check and credit card purchases?
- Does your alarm company have nightly patrols of your building?
- How current is your asset insurance?
- Do you have the make, model and serial numbers written down for your valuables?
- Are confidential files locked in cabinets or stored in a password protected section of your computer system?
- Are the computer files properly backed up?