Helping Businesses Protect Themselves

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

As the days grow colder and the nights longer certain kinds of crime increase. Robberies, burglaries and crimes of opportunity generally increase at this time of year. So Omaha police are taking a pro-active approach to fighting crime.

Police crime prevention specialists are helping businesses prepare for the expected increase in crime by going over a few security and safety measures that could prevent a crime or at the very least help police with the investigation.

One of the easiest is to have quality security cameras and have them covering all angles of the business.

Katie Beasley has been the manager at Beauty First long enough to know there is a spike in crime during the holidays. So Wednesday morning Katie and the other managers at Beauty First received a refresher course in protecting the profits and employees of the business.

"You think you trust the people who are around and you think you know the people who are around and you never know who is watching, peeking through a window or who is shopping in the corner who maybe you're not familiar with and you get into a bad habit of not being aware of things like that."

Officers from OPD's Crime Prevention Bureau presented the information during a workshop designed to make businesses less attractive to criminals. Many times it is an easy fix.

"That's what we find, they say they never thought about lighting, didn't think about cameras and how to have them properly adjusted," said Officer John Supeh. "A lot of pro-active strategies they can do in the beginning that makes their businesses look like less of a target."

Much of the information was a refresher for Katie and the other Beauty First managers and they will share it with employees, but Katie feels the knowledge is so valuable she wants everyone to sit in on one of the workshops.

"We'll definitely bring it back to all of our staff and talk to them about what we learned today at the convention, but I think it would be a great thing for our whole business to attend all of our staff members to attend."

The workshops focus on different aspects of security and safety. The part of the workshop Wednesday morning dealt with business practices and procedures to increase safety. There was another presentation on home safety and security.

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