Vandalism Prevention: Tips on How to Keep Your Business Safe
Vandalism can be a challenge to the business community in the City of Hemet. Not only does it result in financial losses, but it also impacts our city's overall sense of security and prosperity. However, there are proactive measures that you can take to deter vandals and create a safer environment for all
Prevent Trespassing with a 602 Form
A Trespass Letter of Consent (TLC) is a document that allows a police officer to take trespass enforcement action on your behalf after normal business hours without first contacting you. Police Officers do not normally have the authority to go onto private property, which is not open to the public, and remove individuals or request they leave the property. The consent or authority of the property owner or manager is needed. If an officer observes someone on private property when the business is closed or a problem is reported by someone who does not have the authority to sign a trespass complaint, the Hemet Police Department must first contact the person who is legally responsible for the property before taking any arrest action.
Learn more about the Trespass Letter of Consent
Download the form and Return it to City Hall, or the Hemet Police Department
Illuminate Your Property
Bright security lighting is a critical first step in deterring vandalism. Ensure that both the interior and exterior of your business are well-lit, making it difficult for vandals to operate in the shadows.
Invest in Durable Fixtures
While no security measure is foolproof, investing in unbreakable glass and fixtures can significantly reduce the risk of vandalism.
Strategically planting shrubs and bushes can obstruct vandals from reaching their targets, whether it's signs, fixtures, or entry points. Opt for plants with thorns and sharp, jagged leaves and branches to create a natural deterrent.
Prompt Cleanup and Repairs
Vandals often seek recognition for their acts. Swiftly remove graffiti or repair damaged items to deny them the satisfaction of their actions. Maintaining the appearance and integrity of your business sends a message that vandalism will not be tolerated.
Report Incidents to Law Enforcement
Reporting vandalism to the Hemet Police Department is crucial. Never underestimate the impact of reporting, as law enforcement can only respond to reported crimes. Your timely reporting can lead to increased police presence, protecting your fellow business owners and deterring future incidents.
Secure Entrances and Gates
Implement the simple yet effective strategy of locking security gates and entrances after business hours. Vandals often target businesses with easy access. Adding an extra layer of security through locked doors and gates can discourage potential culprits.
Install Video Surveillance
Video surveillance is a valuable tool in preventing vandalism. Place cameras strategically, covering areas prone to vandalism, and ensure they are out of reach and tamper-resistant. Having recorded evidence of vandalism can assist law enforcement in identifying and apprehending culprits.