Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) remind businesses to exercise caution, especially at this time of year with the increase of holiday spending, through reinforcement and review of crime prevention measures.
Ensure that all staff review current internal crime prevention policies and are
aware of their surroundings. This includes recognizing the behaviours of clients; it can
go a long way toward preventing a crime from occurring.
Make certain that time deposit safes are in place and locked.
Video surveillance measures are in place and properly adjusted to assist with the
identification of persons should a crime occur.
In order to minimize any potential financial losses, managers should see that minimal
amounts of cash are available at any given time.
Routines with respect to the handling of cash should be avoided. Staff responsible for
the transition of money to a financial institution should do it in the company of
another employee, at varying times; this makes it difficult for a would-be thief to
predict an opportunity.
Police encourage business owners and employees to contact police immediately to report any suspicious activity/persons observed in or around their business.
A free 'OPP Robbery Prevention Kit' is available at the Chatsworth OPP Detachment during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.