Modeled after Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch takes the “neighbors looking out for neighbors” concept to the commercial level, creating a partnership between business, law enforcement, and other organizations that represent business interests. The Business Watch philosophy is straightforward — take control by focusing on proactive measures that can reduce and deter criminal activity.
Springfield Police Department crime prevention specialists assess worksites and teach business owners and management how to implement improvements that will make their business more safe and secure for patrons and staff.
Business Watch goals can be accomplished through specific facility and grounds modifications, proper training, and building relationships with surrounding business entities and the community. Generally speaking, criminals will not commit crimes that seem too risky or difficult. If your place of business can make criminals think it will be too difficult to “do business with you,” chances are they will not attempt to commit crime on your property. Criminals tend to commit crimes of opportunity and you can reduce the chances of your business being victimized by taking proactive measures to make the criminal think that it is too risky to commit crime on your property.