Police and VIPs hit the ground to improve Hervey Bay business security

HERVEY Bay police and volunteers are on the ground raising awareness around safety and security within the business fraternity.

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Hervey Bay police and Volunteers in Policing (VIPs) are helping raise awareness around crime targeting local businesses.
PHOTO: File / Shaun Ryan.

Police liaison officers and Volunteers in Policing are speaking with local businessowners to share information on crime that can affect businesses – including break and enter offences.

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Senior Constable Melanie Ryan said the program forms part of their ongoing commitment to the safety and security of the community.

Senior Constable Ryan said businesses in Craignish, Eli Waters and several in Urangan had already been visited by the team.

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“Over the coming months you will see our wonderful volunteers and liaison officers attend your business to provide you with up-to-date security information,” she said.

“They may also talk with about your security measures for our records, including if you have CCTV in your business.”

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In the meantime, businessowners can reduce their risk by taking several simple steps.

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These include:

  • Updating and reviewing business security on a regular basis. This could be weekly, monthly or annually.
  • Ensure your staff are properly trained in relation to business security and your store’s polies.
  • Conducting a business security assessment.

A checklist has been developed to identify potential areas of vulnerability and to provide suggestions for adapting security to reduce the risk of crime against your business.

For more information and a business security assessment guide, click here.

You can also reach out to the Maryborough Crime Prevention Unit on 41238141 if you would like an officer to attend your business and conduct an audit.

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