BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- The National Crime Prevention Council and Boone County Crime Stoppers have issued the following "Business Crime Prevention Tips".
Business Crime Prevention Tips: Make sure that security measures; such as lights, alarms and security personnel, are not only in place but are clearly visible and activated.
Keep all areas used by patrons well-lighted to deter criminal activity.
Make sure that the main activities within your business can clearly be viewed from the street.
Check the parking lot for good lighting and unobstructed views.
Surveillance cameras can serve as a big deterrent to crime. Be sure they are activated and in plain view at all times.
If you are ever a victim of a robbery, comply. Give up your money or your merchandise-Don’t give up your life!
Know what to do in case of an emergency. Fire exits and evacuation routes should be clearly marked. Fire extinguishers and medical kits should be well stocked and checked regularly.
Plan drills so that all employees know what to do in case of an emergency. Have different emergency plans in place for different types of emergencies.
Learn how to be a good witness. Take note of gender, ethnicity, age, height, weight, hair color & length, and description of clothes and shoes.
Be sure to always report suspicious activity to local law enforcement officials and encourage your employees to do the same.
Remember to change the computer security codes and door codes/combinations when an employee who had access to it no longer is employed by your business.