The City of Richardson has over 600 registered Business Crime Watch members.
The Business Crime Watch was created to obtain citizen involvement in discouraging and preventing business crime. The Business Crime Watch Program is a self help business community crime prevention program with the main objective of reducing crime and the opportunity for crime. The programs are not designed to substitute for police protection, rather they supplement police activities by providing extra eyes, ears, and caring. The
| program is people looking out for people and it is considered a major deterrent against crime.
When business neighbors know each other personally, they are more aware of each other's habits and routines. This awareness in turn makes them knowledgeable of peculiarities and unusual events, such as strange cars or persons. When business neighbors know one another it is a factor in their willingness to get involved in reporting crime or suspicious activities.
HOW BUSINESS CRIME WATCH WORKS
Business Crime Watch operates to educate participants in the principles of deterrence, delay, and detection. The program depends on a communication network organized with three levels of participants: the tenants, business captains, and police officer. Reducing crime is the goal. It is a well publicized program of prevention and target hardening, coupled with citizen concern for the safety and security of the business neighborhood.
Business Crime Watch Programs encourage neighbors to protect each other's lives and property by securing their own businesses and reporting suspicious circumstances to the police.
Crime Watch programs are founded on vigilance, not violence. Their purpose is to assist duly authorized authority in maintaining security and surveillance, leaving enforcement to commissioned police.
The Crime Prevention Unit is always looking for new information and would be happy to speak with you in regards to any business related crime problems. Please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (972) 744-4955.
Last updated: 1/18/2012 8:29:13 AM