GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Local law enforcement warns of an expected increase in crimes against businesses during the holiday season and thus is taking precautionary measures to help businesses be crime-proof.
"Make your business as unattractive and unappealing as possible to potential burglars," said Rockingham County Sheriff's Office deputy Kevin Suthard. Suthard said business owners should ensure they keep their shops well-lit, both inside and outside. He said they also should install audible alarms and good-quality digital surveillance systems.
Suthard said local law enforcement is doing a "robbery detail" through the first of the month. This effort entails dispatching more patrol to drive by all county businesses during nighttime. He said law enforcement also is encouraging the general public to keep their eyes and ears peeled for any suspicious activity.
Suthard acknowledged not all businesses will be closing their doors during the holidays. He advised business owners and managers to make sure their employees are trained on how to correctly handle situations of break-ins and armed robberies. In instances of break-ins, employees are encouraged not to touch or move anything that possibly could be used as evidence.
Suthard also expressed advice for employees who find themselves victims of an armed robbery. They firstly should try to remain calm, avoid engaging with the criminal and call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.
Instances of shop lifting also are expected to increase during the holidays. Suthard said shoplifters are beginning to use their children as distractions in an attempt to shoplift items from the store. So, he advised customers to be on alert and help busy cashiers deter crime.
Anyone who witnesses a crime is encouraged to call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.
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