In November 2016, the Business Watch Program was introduced to the South Gate Community. With the support of a grant awarded by Tesoro Corporation, the Business Watch Program will allow business owners to take an active part in preventing and reducing crime by sharing information, raising awareness, and improving communications.
Business Watch is a Crime Prevention Program that provides business owners and employees with Crime Prevention Strategies and techniques they can apply to help reduce crime in or around their businesses. It also helps establish partnerships among businesses, the South Gate Police Department, and other organizations that represent business interests.
Modeled after the Neighborhood Watch Program, it establishes communication among businesses in a specific area. Business Watch groups meet on a regular basis to discuss local crime trends and concerns. Members are encouraged to form districts that look out for each other. A key element in Business Watch is employee education. The South Gate Police Department will offer training information for business owners and employees free of charge on a variety of topics including reporting suspicious activity, shoplifting, and robbery prevention. Thieves find quick opportunities to steal property; thriving Business Watch programs across the nation deter those criminals by:
The following are a list of safety tips you can apply to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
For more information please contact the Business Watch Coordinator, Maria Rodriguez at 323-563-5465 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.