Business and Per­sonal Safety

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Bill Wright

There are many ways that we can pro­tect our­selves as we go through our daily rou­tines as cit­i­zens and as business own­ers. The fol­low­ing are some sug­ges­tion that may help you to refuse to be a vic­tim of crime.

Business Own­ers.

*Es­tab­lish open­ing and clos­ing pro­ce­dures and train your em­ploy­ees on those pro­ce­dures.

*Train em­ploy­ees to watch for and re­port sus­pi­cious peo­ple and ac­tiv­ity.

*Have two or more em­ploy­ees present dur­ing open­ing and clos­ing time.

*Only keep a min­i­mum amount of cash on hand.

*Em­ploy­ees should not han­dle large amounts of cash while vis­i­ble to the pub­lic.

* Make bank de­posits dur­ing the day with two peo­ple.

*Vary your route to the bank. Go to the bank at dif­fer­ent times and don’t stop along the way.

*En­sure that your business’ in­te­rior and ex­te­rior are well lit and vis­i­ble from the street.

*In­stall surveil­lance cam­era equip­ment. Hang signs that an­nounce you have cam­era surveil­lance.

*In­stall a silent alarm sys­tem with a hid­den panic but­ton that no­ti­fies the se­cu­rity company if trou­ble oc­curs.

*Make sure that you and your em­ploy­ees are ed­u­cated on what to do dur­ing a rob­bery.

*Keep doors locked be­fore and after business hours.

Per­sonal Se­cu­rity

* Use locks on win­dows also in­stall dead­bolts on out­side home doors and on garage doors. *Con­sider in­stalling an alarm sys­tem.

*Al­ways have your keys in your hand when you ap­proach your car. After get­ting in your car lock the doors.

*Park in a well-lighted area.

*Al­ways carry your cell phone with you. When us­ing your phone re­mem­ber where you are at, be care­ful what in­for­ma­tion you are giv­ing out on the phone. Oth­ers around you may be lis­ten­ing, never give strangers per­sonal in­for­ma­tion (so­cial se­cu­rity num­ber etc.)

*Don’t leave valu­ables in your car in plain view.

*Be aware of your sur­round­ings, trust your in­tu­ition. If you feel like some­thing isn’t quite right act on that feel­ing. Stay alert!

*Walk with con­fi­dence-don’t act con­fused!

*Con­sider car­ry­ing pep­per spray or other per­sonal safety de­vices.

*When you travel don’t put all of your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on your lug­gage.

*Don’t use flashy or ex­pen­sive lug­gage, it is eas­ily no­ticed.

Th­ese are just a few sug­ges­tions that will help you en­hance your safety as you go about your daily ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Payson Po­lice Depart­ment is very in­ter­ested in be­ing a part of your ef­forts to be safe and se­cure in your homes and in pub­lic. Let us help you by sched­ul­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion of a pro­gram called “Refuse to Be a Vic­tim.” Please call the Po­lice Depart­ment at (801) 465-5240 to sched­ule a time for this pre­sen­ta­tion.

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