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Information for Businesses
Join Business Watch!
What is Business Watch?
Modeled after our neighborhood Crime Watch program, Business Watch is a partnership between businesses, law enforcement and other organizations that reflect the same interest in maintaining a safe community. Business Watch groups actively reduce and prevent crime through education and cooperation.
Why Join Business Watch?
The program enables individual businesses and commercial property managers to take an active part in preventing and reducing crime on business premises. Through information sharing, raising awareness and improving communications, we can work together to build a safer community.
Participating in the program is an important step towards creating a safe environment for yourself, your employees and your customers. In addition to reducing crime, some of the benefits of the Business Watch program include:
- Email updates with information on police calls in the business community, crime alerts and crime prevention tips
- On-site security surveys conducted by the police department
- Access to training opportunities hosted by the police department
- Business Watch decals/signs for your property
- Networking with other area businesses
- Publicity and community goodwill for your establishment
How does Business Watch Work?
Business Watch works through enhanced two-way communication among members and the police department. Crime alerts, business scams and prevention tips are sent via email to participants.
When you sign up for the program, you will attend an initial meeting to review the program, crime in your area, and address any specific needs you may have. A premise security survey can also be scheduled to assess any physical and/or behavioral threats to your business and review ways to eliminate them. At this time you will also be provided with Business Watch decals and/or signage to display on your property.
To remain active in the program and continue to receive email notifications and keep street signs hung and window decals displayed, businesses must meet with a police department representative once per year (informal or formal) for informational or training purposes.
Intentional prevention efforts are the best action you can take to protect your employees, customers and property from criminal activity. Our goal is to ensure that you have the educational tools to do that in the best way possible.
For more information or to join the Business Watch program, please call 763.427.6812 or email.
Active Shooter Awareness
It’s important that businesses and the public be aware of the warning signs of a potential active shooter and what to do if a serious situation like this happens.
What to do if there is an Active
There have been several high profile "active shooter" incidents around the United States resulting in multiple casualties. It is important for people to be prepared in the event they find themselves in an "active shooter" situation. Please take a few minutes to view the video, Run, Hide, Fight. Although the video does contain some violent scenes, it outlines very practical steps you can take in this situation. Download the Active Shooter Poster for your workplace.
The Department of Homeland Security also has a website (www.dhs.gov/activeshooter) that provides information and free courses, materials and workshops to help better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that may represent indicators and characteristics of active shooters.
Construction Site Crime Prevention
Construction sites are frequently victimized by vandalism or theft. The Ramsey Police Department is dedicated to helping you maintain a safe work site, but we need your help. There are many easy steps construction companies and individual employees can take to reduce the opportunity for a crime to occur. Follow these construction site crime prevention tips to reduce your chances of being victimized.
Dishonored Check Procedures & Guidelines
Includes guidelines and procedures to address dishonored checks (No Account, Account Closed, or Insufficient/Non-Sufficient Funds) and financial transaction card fraud (credit cards, credit plate, charge plate, courtesy card, bank services card, banking card, check guarantee card, debit card, electronic benefit system card, electronic benefit transfer card, assistance transaction card, etc.).
Gas Drive-Off Policies
When calling the Ramsey Police Department to report the theft of gasoline you are agreeing to pursue prosecution for theft charges and there are specific requirements that must be met. Please review our policy for more information.
MN Crime Alert Network
The MN Crime Alert Network is a communication link between law enforcement and local businesses by which important timely crime information can be relayed. The Network uses broadcast fax and electronic mail technology to send crime alerts simultaneously to dozens, hundreds or even thousands of people -- averaging between 5,000 and 8,000 destinations per hour. The law enforcement agency sending the alert chooses both the geographic area and the types of recipients to which the alert should be sent. Alerts are sent directly to those most likely to provide useful information and those potentially affected by the crime or criminal.
Anyone with a fax machine or electronic mail address can apply to be a member of the Network. Members include law enforcement agencies, banks, schools, hospitals, retailers, office and apartment building managers, neighborhood watch members, and others. The Network is administered by the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. You can apply online at www.crimealert.state.mn.us.