Crime Prevention is Everyone's Business!
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Business Watch is a free RDCO Crime Prevention Program through a partnership with the Greater Westside Board of Trade, City of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and RCMP.
It's modelled on the highly successful residential Block Watch program! Business Watch provides business owners and their staff with crime prevention advice and hand-on solutions to crime-related incidents that may impact them and their customers.
- developing a secure business design
- how to identify potential shoplifters
- creating a floor layout to reduce theft
- recognizing, addressing and preventing credit card and interact fraud
- effective robbery response techniques
- addressing workplace violence and personal safety
Why Join Business Watch?
Member Benefits Include:
- Improve communications between business operators in the Greater Westside and West Kelowna RCMP
- Increase participation in crime prevention and community safety initiatives
- Specialized Crime Prevention Services from RDCO Crime Prevention Coordinator
- No Cost Security Assessment using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles available for the interior and exterior of a business
- Target hardening advice, lighting, locks, alarm systems, CCTV
- Updates on latest crime trends
- Relay crime incidents to businesses which may be affected or targeted
- Provide a link between Business Watch members and RCMP
- Employee training on robbery prevention, de-escalation, point of sale fraud etc.
- Reduce fear of crime among business owners and their employees
Business Watch Benefits
- Community involvement is integral to assist RCMP to prevent and reduce crime
- Communication with partnering block businesses encourages cooperation and strengthens the business neighbourhood
- Proactive crime prevention practises versus reacting to a crime-related incident
- Public Awareness - a Business Watch emblem placed in clear view helps act as a deterrant for criminal opportunities
To particpate in the program, please download, save and complete the Business Watch Registration Form
- follow the instructions for returning the form printed at bottom of the form
For assistance in organizing or joining the Business Watch in your area please contact:
- RDCO Crime Prevention Coordinator
Latest Program Updates
- February 2020 - We now have more than 45 businesses registered with the program! There's no cost to participate and there are many benefits for business owners and their employees!
- Business Watch Pamphlet
- The Business Watch program is officially underway for businesses located on the Greater Westside. It's provided for free conjunction with our program partners (Greater Westside Board of Trade, City of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, RCMP) View Launch News Release
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