Kingston Police offer the following tips for business owners shutting down for extended periods:
- Remove all valuables from storefront displays.
- Remove all cash from tills and leave open with the cash tray out and visibly empty.
- Keep some lighting on inside the building to help with video surveillance quality and consider placing lights on timers if possible to simulate activity.
- Clean all windows and floors before leaving and note when you’ve done so (maintain a log) as this will help investigators should there be a break-in.
- Post on doors/windows the premises are monitored by an alarm company and no money is kept on the premises. Include the (613) 549-4660 number to call Kingston Police should anyone notice a break-in or damage.
- Consider putting a protective film/laminate on all windows/glass to discourage and help prevent easy entry via “smash-and-grab.”
- Ensure all doors and windows are properly locked and secure.
- Ensure security alarm systems work properly and contact lists are current.
- Consider a CCTV surveillance system which can both be monitored remotely by phone/online and record images to review for an investigation.
- Ensure all exterior lighting is functioning and on. Consider motion sensor lights as another option to detect and deter unlawful activity.
- Remove anything on the exterior which could be used to gain entry to your premises (bricks, ladders, poles, construction materials, etc.).
- Regularly check the building and keep track of when you check (maintain a log), but go at different times so as not to be predictable to criminals.
NOTE: Kingston Police remind property owners that like residential theft, if a business looks neglected it can become a target. “If it looks cared for and looks like someone is home or around regularly, thieves will move on to other locations.”
Kingston Police Headquarters, 705 Division St, Kingston ON, K7K 4C2
Administration Fax: 613-549-3111
Operations Fax: 613-549-7111