What is Business Watch?
Virginia Beach Business Watch is a program designed to help create lasting, interactive relationships between the Police Department and the local business community. By implementing this program, our goal is to reduce the opportunity for crime at retail/corporate establishments through the use of a few key practices: providing crime prevention training to the business community and increasing police-retail communications and partnerships. These elements (education/communication/partnerships) are proven to be effective tools for reducing crime and the fear of crime in both residential and commercial settings.
What are the benefits to joining?
By becoming a Virginia Beach Business Watch member, you will have the opportunity to have your business evaluated by a knowledgeable, experienced Crime Prevention officer who specializes in retail safety and environmental design strategies. Through this partnership you will be provided with enhanced awareness of your business environment, education on what to do in the event of a crime in your establishment, and a better sense of community through the knowledge and safety issues affecting you and your corporate neighbors.
With Virginia Beach Business Watch, you are provided:
· A free, detailed Security Assessment Report which reviews your physical site and employee procedures.
· Communications to include: Crime Alerts, Public Service Announcements, and Monthly Newsletters.
· Educational seminars and workshops designed to increase employee awareness and improve safety in your business.
How much does it cost to join?
Virginia Beach Business Watch is a FREE program that is mutually beneficial to the Police Department and the Business Community.
How do I register?
Registration is quick and easy. Follow the steps below to begin our partnership today!
Complete the Emergency Contact form. This form will provide our Police Dispatchers with the most up-to-date contact information for your business. It includes after-hours contact information and any other information that you believe to be pertinent for the patrol officer, who is on scene day or night, to know about your establishment. This information is delivered to the officer via his/her in-vehicle computer system and could be extremely beneficial should they have to respond to your business.
The Business Watch Coordinator will contact you to arrange your business Security Assessment.
Enroll in VBAlert to begin receiving your Virginia Beach Business Watch newsletter and communications from the Business Watch Coordinator. There will be instructions on the VBAlert web page on how to proceed. We are located under the “Business Watch” group after providing your contact information.
That’s it! We look forward to partnering with you and your business very soon. If you have any questions, please contact the Business Watch Coordinator using the contact information provided at the bottom of this page.