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Bloomington Business Watch

Business Watch is a free program offered by the Bloomington Police Department to all businesses in the city. The program is an excellent way to keep in contact and network on issues specific to doing business in Bloomington. Information sharing is invaluable and membership in this program builds cohesiveness within the Bloomington Business Community.

Benefits of joining Business Watch

Businesses who join the Business Watch program are afforded many different benefits including:

  • Security Survey
  • Business Watch decal (sticker to be affixed to an outside door)
  • Information on police calls in the business community
  • Information on false alarms
  • Information on the Minnesota Crime Alert Network, a broadcast fax network of crime alerts that may affect your business
  • A police contact within the department
  • Networking opportunities with your neighborhood businesses
  • Business Watch newsletter
  • Guidelines for reporting account closed checks, forgery and credit card fraud cases

Topics

  • Alarms can be a burglar deterrent. Consider a cellular back-up system which can provide reliable backup and uninterrupted communications if the phone or power lines are cut
  • Lighting at all businesses must be compliant with city code by 2018
  • Addressing must be visible on the front and rear doors of the business
  • Alerts for businesses on current crimes and criminals
  • Roll Call – This local cable program provides information on statistics, criminal activity and information about the Police Department
  • Bloomington Loss Prevention Coalition is a group of retail loss prevention staff that meet four times a year for training and an information exchange
  •  Site recommendations for businesses

Training available to members

You and your staff can learn about:

  • Employee theft
  • Robbery prevention
  • Shoplifting
  • Identity theft
  • Personal safety
  • Lockdowns
For more information on how to become a member of the Bloomington Business Watch program, contact Crime Prevention at 952-563-4900.

Please join the many other businesses in Bloomington that have taken advantage of this terrific program!