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Chesterfield police do free security sweeps for businesses

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Workplace security is under scrutiny in the area. But a free safety check offered by Chesterfield police could protect your business and your customers.

A victim of break-ins, Lisa Bailey vowed she'd do whatever it takes to keep crooks from crawling into her business.

Why is security so important? "Because we work very hard," explained Lisa Bailey. "And we want to make sure that what we have worked hard for remains here and with us."

With expensive merchandise hanging and cars that need a little work parked inside, her goal was to make Express Auto Center a secure fortress.

"At first I was thinking I want to save electricity so I'm turning all my lights off," said Bailey. "And then I realized, well if all the lights are off and someone's in the building- no one can see from the outside, so that was an ‘ah-ha' moment."

Lisa's "ah-ha" moment came after a visit from police.

"Criminals profile places," explained Corporal Mike Catron with Chesterfield Police. "They profile targets. They look for the easiest target."

Veteran security expert Mike Catron walks through businesses for free, pointing out exposed areas.

"Sometimes it's just as simple as recommending deadbolt locks," said Catron. 

Some of the things police recommend be easily done- like keeping the lights on or keeping plants feet or lower. Some of the other things will come at an expense like security cameras or specialty locks.

"The cost to take advantage of all the recommendations that they make is much less than having to be the victim of crime- repeatedly," Bailey said. "So to us, it was a no-brainer."

Once lights or cameras are ready to install corporal Catron will even help your find the best positions.

"And notice how this lighting is shielded," explained Catron has he pointed out added lighting outside Express Auto Center. "It's shielded and it's focused. It's just not going out everywhere."

Lisa no longer has a problem with people breaking into the back lot.

"Probably about 90%-95 % of the time those people have been apprehended and brought to justice," said Bailey. (Why is that?) "Mostly because of our cameras."

With the holidays around the corner Catron wants his schedule full of walk-throughs. It's better to be proactive than reactive.

"It saves you money in the long run. It really does."

Chesterfield Police Department- Crime Prevention Unit

318-8690

catronm@chesterfield.gov

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