We understand that as traffic on the street becomes scarce, some business owners may worry about an increase in crime in the area. We have been in contact with 11 Division to relay the concerns of local businesses. They have assured us that they will continue patrolling local business area and report to us the The Junction BIA has actually seen a decrease in crime since the beginning of government-mandated social distancing. However, they recommend that all businesses implement the Crime Prevention Tips below.
Crime Prevention Facebook Group for Small Business Owners
The Toronto Police, 11 Division has started a Facebook group for business owners which provides information on the following topics:
- Informing business owners of crimes committed in a specific area
- Post trends in crimes targeting businesses (Crime Analysis Maps)
- Crime Prevention material specifically geared towards businesses
- Keeping you updated about the business break and enter trends
- Ability to contact our Crime Prevention Office – Arrange a FREE business security assessment
- Posting updates about upcoming online Webinars, Newsletters, and Podcasts that we may be hosting for our businesses in 11 Division
Join the group here!
May 5 Update from Constable jan barr
“Not much to report on for commercial premises from April 1st to May 5th in the Junction BIA area. There has been 1 Property Lost, and 5 Theft Under (LCBO). Please see the below map:
March 31 Update from Constable Steven Moniz, TPS 11 Division
“For the following information – considered crime occurring on Commercial Property, for the month of March, in The Junction neighbourhood:
Crime Types include:
Theft Under – Shoplifting
Fail to Comply With Conditions
- There has been a decrease in reported crime in general over the past month in The Junction Neighbourhood Commercial properties.
- No commercial break and enters in the junction within the past 3 weeks
- Theft Under $5000 and Theft Under – Shoplifting – have, understandably, seen a steady decrease since the week ending March 14th.”
Crime Prevention Tips for Businesses
Police recommend the following guidelines:
- Keep as little cash around as possible.
- Make bank deposits frequently but irregularly so as not to establish a discernible pattern.
- Securely anchor your safe in a highly visible, well-lit location.
- Empty your cash drawers and leave them open after hours. (consider leaving the empty cash drawer near the front door, advertising that there is no money on hand).
- Keep the premises visible from the street; avoid blocking the interior view with high window displays and/or advertisements on windows.
- Make sure trees and shrubs around entranceways are trimmed.
- Don’t leave ladders or tools lying around that a burglar could use to help them break in.
Doors and Windows
- Use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. Those with glass should have double cylinder deadbolts.
- Make sure you check all doors and windows each day, before closing.
- Develop a system of key security. Make sure all keys issued are signed for and turned in when an employee leaves the company. You may even want to change locks and combinations.
- Do not label or identify keys with what they are used for. If necessary, use a coding system.
- If you have doors with outside hinges, use non-removable hinge pins. Install panel doors lined with metal to resist drilling.
- Doors and windows on the sides and rear of a building are often inviting to the burglar because they offer concealment.
- Steel reinforcing bars on doors and gratings or bars on windows offer good security. Check with Toronto Fire & bylaw regarding bylaws or codes that may restrict this practice
- Every exterior opening offers a potential point of entry. Do not overlook security at places like fire escapes, skylights, roof openings, air ducts, doorway transoms, loading docks, sidewalk and basement openings.
- Before you leave, check all potential hiding places, like bathrooms, closets and storage areas. The last thing you want to do is to lock a burglar inside.
- Install a good alarm system and have it checked regularly.
- Make sure it is wired to go off at all potential points of entry, including doors, windows, roof openings, loading docks and vents.
Surveillance CCTV System
- Protect your business with a quality CCTV system.
- Ensure that the storage drive is recording and accessible to police when required.
- Post signs advising that the area is under video surveillance.
- Place height markers at the main entrance so employees can use them to gauge the height of a robber as he/she leaves the business on video.
- Install CCTV cameras that offer nighttime surveillance.
- Install motion-sensor lights around the exterior of the building.
- Attend your business periodically to assess if everything is in order.
- Post a notice on the front door stating “No Cash or Goods on Hand.”
- Remove valuable items from the front of the store such as electronics, alcohol, iPads, expensive hair care products, & point of sale electronics.
Other general Robbery Prevention techniques have been posted HERE and follow 11 Division’s social media accounts to stay updated.
BOOK A SAFETY AUDIT – POSTPONED
It may be worthwhile to use this time to schedule a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Audit. 11 Division will conduct an individual assessment of your business and provide personalised crime prevention tips. Email Constable Jan Barr (Janet.Barr@torontopolice.on.ca) to set up a Safety Audit today. It is a simple process that typically takes an hour.