June 25th Business Watch Community Meeting
I hope you already marked your calendar—but in case you didn’t, take note! Our first Ukiah Police Department (UPD) Business Watch community meeting is scheduled for, Thursday, June 25.
From 11:00 am until noon in the Ukiah City Council Chambers, our department’s crime prevention specialists will discuss the Business Watch program, help businesses sign up for the online forum, and review the latest crime trends and scams occurring in the Ukiah area.
This meeting is a chance to meet other business owners participating in the program, and to talk with UPD officers about ways to prevent crime from impacting your business. We will also leave time at the end of the meeting for questions and answers, and for you to meet our detectives and crime prevention specialists one-on-one.
We know that criminals are opportunists, and we want to help business owners and merchants decrease opportunities for illegal activity.
Modeled after the highly successful Neighborhood Watch concept, our Business Watch program is designed to help facilitate relationships among business owners, employees, property managers, and law enforcement. By getting to know the people in neighboring businesses and forming a community that looks out for each other, you significantly improve law enforcement’s ability to maintain safer businesses and commercial complexes.
The program was created as a result of input from our community during the Safe Ukiah contest sponsored by Realty World Selzer Realty late last year. We asked community members for recommendations on how to make Ukiah safer, and many respondents suggested using technology to increase communication and help community members connect with each other and UPD.
The Business Watch program is a program we hope every business in Ukiah will consider joining. It is a voluntary program offered at no cost to businesses. Members are invited to attend free training seminars, schedule business security surveys and be part of our crime prevention communication network via an online forum.
The online crime prevention forum is designed to establish an electronic day-to-day communication network among local businesses, merchants, and UPD. The forum helps members of the business community take an active role in reducing crime by raising awareness and discussing commercial crime trends. The Business Watch forum also offers community news updates.
Along with the forum and regular in-person meeting opportunities, Business Watch members will receive regular crime prevention information to assist business owners and managers as they train employees about how to recognize suspicious activity and report crimes. Also, Business Watch members can request training seminars at their business from UPD personnel on topics such as workplace violence, internal and external theft, robbery prevention, fraud and identity theft, and improved building security.
Today, knowing how to protect your business can be just as important as locking the doors, setting the alarm, and making sure the surveillance system is working before leaving for the night. At UPD, we want to help you understand how to protect your business from danger and criminal activity.
For more information about the joining the Business Watch program please contact UPD’s business liaison, Community Service Officer Nancy Sawyer at (707) 467-5708 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website, www.ukiahpolice.com, and click on the Business Watch tab.
Once you’ve joined, we hope you’ll proudly display a Business Watch sticker in your window, or consider displaying one of our larger metal signs to let others know you’re connected with UPD and other business to prevent crime in Ukiah. We are very excited about this new program, and we hope you can join us on June 25 from 11 am until noon in the Ukiah City Council Chambers for a chance to learn more, and sign up to participate.
As always, our mission at UPD is simple: to make Ukiah as safe as possible. If you have suggestions on how we can improve please feel free to call me. If you would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cell phone and email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website: www.ukiahpolice.com.