Courses help beat criminals

BUSINESSES can beat crime by forming business watch programs with their neighbours and taking crime prevention courses.

According to the Small Business Development Corporation’s Small Business Opinion Survey, 74 per cent of small business operators took measures to help reduce crimes against their businesses.

The survey found 51 per cent of small business operators had installed security equipment, including cameras and screens and 19 per cent had improved staff training and practises.

A further 12 per cent had employed security guards or patrols and 7 per cent had cooperative arrangements with surrounding businesses.

SBDC managing director George Etrelezis said the survey results supported the WA Business Police Academy program that aimed to reduce crime, keep staff and customers as safe as possible and improve the flow of information between businesses and the police.

“According to the police service, armed and unarmed robberies against businesses have increased while there has been an increase in other types of burglaries against business,” Mr Etrelezis said.

He said the Christmas period was a high-risk time for crime, particularly shoplifting.

SGIO state manager Garry Moore said insuring a business against property loss and damage was only a start.

“Taking a preventative approach to protecting your assets and valuables is even better,” Mr Moore said.

“Even simple, no-cost approaches such as enforcing strict guidelines and procedures from locking up and removing all unnecessary cash and valuables from unattended premises can form part of an effective burglary prevention plan.

“Just as in all other aspects of business, the only good risk is one that is carefully managed. Preventing commercial property break and enters is no exception.”

For more information on the WA Business Police Academy phone 9222 9869.

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