Business Watch

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 10 Dec, 2015

The goal of the Business Watch program is to teach businesses how NOT to become a target for crime.

Crime Prevention Practitioners worldwide are realizing more and more how important neighborhood associations are for healthy commercial districts. While many crimes have to be dealt with on an individual basis by each business, there are many problems that single businesses alone cannot overcome, like graffiti and other forms of vandalism. These kinds of crimes are really attacks on a whole neighborhood, and affect everyone. Still other crimes, like robbery and shoplifting, can be better dealt with by a group of alert and concerned businesses working together, sharing information, knowing how to contact each other and reporting suspicious behavior to the police.

The goal of the Business Watch program is to teach businesses how NOT to become a target for crime. If businesses do not take a proactive attitude, crime can creep in before you know it. Law enforcement cannot be on every corner so merchant involvement is essential to prevent and combat crime. You and your fellow business owners/managers are the ones who really know what is happening in your area. By working with each other and the police, businesses can help fight crime in their commercial districts in the most effective way – before it begins.

Together, you are best able to solve problems common to your own areas and unique locales. These problems go far beyond crime-related issues and include things such as events, traffic concerns, and zoning concerns. Paying attention to your own business and working with your neighboring businesses to solve common problems is the best way to ensure a healthier and more prosperous future for everyone.

If you are interested in starting a Business Watch in your area, contact your nearest C.O.P.S. shop or the Spokane C.O.P.S. main office at 625-3301.

Spokane C.O.P.S.

By Spokane C.O.P.S. 21 Sep, 2016
You don't need to be a police officer to play a role in reducing crime in Spokane! Everyday people are stepping up to make their community safer-here's our favorite stories of citizens taking action to make our city safer.
By Spokane C.O.P.S. 07 Sep, 2016

Over 7,000 cases of personal property theft have been recorded so far this year (up 4.5% from this time last year). In many of these cases, Spokane police officers are able to recover the stolen property...with no way of identifying the owner. When they can’t find the owner, the items eventually go to auction to free up much needed space in the police evidence facility. This raises an important question-if your property is stolen and recovered by police, would you be able to prove it’s yours?

That’s where Operation ID comes into play. The idea is to mark your valuable possessions with an identifying number (like your driver’s license number). Engraving a number helps deter theft since it’s harder to sell an ID-ed item to a pawn shop. If the item is stolen, the identifying number helps you prove ownership of the item to the police.

Operation ID also involves creating an inventory of the make and model of all ID-ed items, which you then put in a secure place. In the event of theft, fire damage, or other incident where you need to make a claim to your insurance company for item replacement, your information is ready for the insurance company.

Operation ID is a free service that only takes a few minutes. Bring your valuables to your local C.O.P.S. shop to borrow an engraver and pick up an inventory log.

Another property identification program is SpokaneBikeID.org , a city wide bike registration database. The information uploaded during registration is used by police to connect a recovered bike to its rightful owner. You can bring your bike by your local C.O.P.S. shop and our volunteers will register it for you (and you can get a free child’s helmet while supplies last).

For more crime prevention information, check out our Facebook , Twitter , Linkedin , and Pinterest .
By Spokane C.O.P.S. 05 Sep, 2016

Here are the top news stories about SPD, Spokane crime rates, significant arrests, and more.

By Spokane C.O.P.S. 31 Aug, 2016
The Sex Offender Registry is a tool allowing citizens to access information on registered sex offenders. Here’s a breakdown on what you need to know.
By Spokane C.O.P.S. 24 Aug, 2016
Getting a social media account hacked is a stressful experience, with potential harms of reputation damaging information posted, identifying information collected, and the logistics of undoing the damage. While no social media account is 100% impenetrable, there are easy steps to take to drastically reduce your risk of your Twitter account being hacked.
By Spokane C.O.P.S. 24 Aug, 2016
Early September is an interesting time of year, showing the full range of human emotions. Children everywhere enter a state of depression as they begin getting their school materials ready, while simultaneously most parents burst out singing the old classic, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at the thought of getting the kids out of the house again. At least that’s how it was in my family growing up.

But there is one thing everyone can agree on: staying safe. And we here at Spokane C.O.P.S. are, as usual, committed to your safety. So we’ve created a list of a few things that you can do to help keep your kids safe as they head back to school.
By Spokane C.O.P.S. 21 Aug, 2016

Here are the top news stories about SPD, Spokane crime rates, significant arrests, and more.

By Spokane C.O.P.S. 17 Aug, 2016
NNO 2016 was a blast with 73 registered parties and 31 new parties! We are proud of our citizens coming together with their neighbors to take a stand against crime, build relationships with each other and the police, and play a role in making Spokane a safer and better community. Below are some of the highlights from this great event.
By Spokane C.O.P.S. 14 Aug, 2016

Here are the top news stories about SPD, Spokane crime rates, significant arrests, and more.

By Spokane C.O.P.S. 10 Aug, 2016
Neighbors who are connected together become powerful watchdogs at preventing crime. They can more easily identify suspicious people, can assist each other with tasks like checking in on homes while the owners are on vacation, and more. Creating strong neighborhood connections is a simple way to proactively prevent crime in your community. Check out these ideas to bring your neighbors back together to build those powerful crime preventing relationships (and for ideas on actionable crime prevention ideas, check out our blog post here ).
More Posts
Share by: