This program's focus is to educate businesses in crime prevention strategies to help reduce crime.
Email Break and Enter Alerts
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your business name and street address to receive an email alert should a commercial break and enter occur in your neighbourhood.
Richmond RCMP Criminal Activity Maps
Visit www.richmond.ca/crime for an interactive webpage where you can view Richmond neighbourhood maps for current crime summaries and business security tips.
If you discover a break and enter, do not touch anything! Call 9-1-1.
If the suspect(s) has left, or if someone has attempted to break in, do not touch anything and call the Police non-emergency number at 604 278-1212.
Report all criminal activity to the Police. If a suspect is present, call 9-1-1. If no suspect is present, call the Police non-emergency number at 604 278-1212.
Write down the suspect's description: sex, race, height, weight, clothing, vehicle details, direction of travel, and license plate number.
For a Business Security Checklist, download a copy of the RCMP Business Link brochure in PDF format:
Business Link brochure
TIP: Display your address clearly on both the front and rear of your building to assist emergency responders.
Richmond RCMP Business Link Newsletters
To read our newsletters, visit the Business Link Newsletter page.
Putting the Brakes on Fraud
Protect your Pin pad, protect your customers
Interac Putting the Brakes On Fraud
Rewards Program for Merchants
Interac Fraud Prevention
- Keep your personal belongings in locked cabinets.
- Employees working late at night should use the "buddy system" when walking to their vehicles.
- Always lock your vehicles with valuables locked in the trunk.
- All entrances should be well lit or lit by motion detector lights.
- Install anti-tampering cages over outdoor light fixtures to protect the light bulb.
- Replace burned-out or broken lights immediately.
- Outdoor light fixtures should be clean and utilize the proper light type, i.e., high pressure sodium bulbs, etc., to maximize lighting effectiveness .
- For employee safety, ensure proper lighting coverage of all vehicles in your parking lot.
- Use good quality deadbolts (with 1 inch throw - the throw is the part that extends into the door frame when locked) on all exterior doors.
- Install an anti-pry metal plate on all exterior doors. Anti-pry plates are bolted to the door and cover the gap between the door & door frame (see photo on right).
- Install a door collar (a U-shaped metal sleeve that fits under the door handle and the deadbolt) for additional support. Door collars are available at all local hardware stores.
- Glass doors should be reinforced with security film or window bars.
- Install height strips on all exit doors.
- Ensure all exterior doors, windows and gates are locked at the end of the day.
- Make sure private areas are hard to access for non-employees.
- Bollards (rigid posts) can be installed to protect vulnerable areas such as glass doors or in front of bay doors.
- Bollards can be installed close together to block vehicles from driving through.
- Removable bollards can be lowered or removed to allow access.
- "Barn door braces” can be installed to reinforce bay doors.
- A good quality padlock should be installed on the interior of the bay door.
- Security film, quick-release window bars or roll down shutters should be installed on glass doors or windows near the door locks to reinforce the glass.
- Windows that open should have secondary locks installed.
- Windows should be free of clutter, frosting or advertising to allow visibility in and out of the business.
- Alarms should be used in addition to other security measures, not as the only security measure.
- If you have an alarm system, use it!
- Check motion sensors to ensure the sensors are covering the widest area possible including all entry/exits and windows.
- Check motion sensors on a regular basis to ensure they are in good working order.
- If possible, install a flashing strobe light outside the business which is triggered by the alarm to indicate a break and enter in progress.
- All exterior doors (including bay doors) and ground floor windows should be armed and have alarm stickers installed.
- If there are security guards, ensure they patrol on a random circuit and that they check all exterior doors and windows on a regular basis.
- If you have CCTV, check that it is in good working order and the correct date and time are recorded.
- Equipment (including computers) should be bolted to the floor and/or desk.
- Computer backups should be stored off-site.
- Record equipment (including computer) make, model and serial numbers.
- Laptops should be removed from the premises overnight or stored in a secure location.
- When closing your business at night, empty out your cash drawer and leave it open so that it can be seen from outside to be empty.
- Your POS system should be kept out of sight except during financial transactions.
- Blank cheques and credit card machines should be secured in your safe at the end of the day.
- Valuable merchandise should be stored in a secured location when your business is closed.
- Keep a record of all keys issued.
- Have all office keys engraved with "Do not Copy".
- Restrict keys to staff who actually need them.
- Master keys and duplicates should be kept locked in a secure location when not in use.
- Create a record that everyone must sign when using keys.
Fences and Gates
- If possible, fence the entire perimeter of your property.
- Gates should have a pre-determined opening and locking schedule with one person responsible for ensuring the gate is properly locked.
- Gates should be secured with good quality padlocks and chains.
- Trim landscaping away from doors and windows to provide clear sight lines into your business.
- Secure ladders and any tools that could be used in a break and enter using good quality padlocks and chains.
- Display your address clearly on both the front and rear of your building.
- Make sure your building landscape, sidewalks and parking areas are clean and well-maintained.
- Standing safes should be firmly anchored to the floor.
- Limit the number of persons having access to keys and combinations.
- Change the locks or combinations when the people with access terminate their employment.