Keeping Your Business Safe During COVID-19

The Waterloo Regional Police Service remains committed to providing essential services throughout Waterloo Region. We recognize that many businesses have temporarily closed due to COVID-19. As always, we will continue proactive patrols and respond to calls for service throughout the Region to ensure the safety and security of our community. If members of the public observe suspicious activity or individuals, near or close to a business, they are encouraged to call police immediately. Reporting crime and providing relevant information allows our investigators to identify suspects and solve crime.

Here are some safety tips that you can use to help prevent Commercial Break and Enters

  • Remove all valuables from storefront displays.
  • Remove all cash from cash registers and leave it open with the cash tray out and visibly empty.
  • Ensure alarm systems are working and that all contact lists are up-to-date.
  • Post on doors/windows that the premises are monitored by an alarm company and that no money is kept onsite.
  • Clean all windows and floors before leaving and note when you've done so (have a log) as this will help investigators should there be a break-in.
  • Consider installing a surveillance/security system, which can be monitored remotely.
  • Consider installing security film on your windows/glass to help prevent easy entry.
  • Keep some lighting on inside to help with video surveillance. Consider adding timers to lighting.
  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked and secure.
  • Ensure all exterior lighting is functioning and on — consider adding motion sensor lights.
  • Remove anything on the exterior which could be used to gain entry to your premises (bricks, ladders, poles, construction materials etc.).
  • Check on your business frequently and note any damage or potential tampering to windows and doors. Keep track of when you check (have a log), and go at different times.
  • If neighbouring businesses are deemed essential and have remained open, request that they be vigilant to the traffic and activity around your business.

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