Improving security services

May. 27, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

Members of the Henderson Police Department are rolling out a new strategy to improve business surveillance after hours.

The Enhanced Physical Business Checks Initiative was developed by the Operation Division Patrol Section II.

Officers will start conducting checks around 2 a.m. until 7 or 8 a.m. when stores open.

They are marking businesses or properties by placing yellow cards with the police department information, as well as the officer’s name, the date and times that the officers have conducted the enhanced checks.

“Lt. Brandon Bishop came up with this idea of putting business cards on the doors,” said Officer Michael Hawley. “What that does is it puts the officer at a shopping center area but not just in a shopping center area for a limited time. He actually has to get out of his car, walk up to the door and spend some time there.”

Placement of these cards will cycle through various businesses and properties throughout the city, allowing more enhanced checks of different locations.

Hawley said the initiative was prompted by a series of break-ins starting earlier this year.

“Business break-ins had picked up starting after Christmas,” he said. “So we needed to formulate a plan that would put us in the area of where the break-ins were happening.”

He said police presence in the area of businesses after hours will hopefully act as a deterrent to criminals.

“They have a plan to come in and break in to a business,” he said. “But if they see you hanging out in that area, they are probably going to cancel their plans and try something else.

“So if you have a lot of officers all over town doing the same thing at different times, that gives you a good shot at beating the bad guy to the game.”

This new system will allow the business owners to verify the dates and times that the property had an enhanced check.

The cards will also provide officers with a specific timeline to investigate should any issues arise.

Hawley said the cards are a tangible way for property owners to know checks have been conducted.

“If we are giving the business owner a little card, it lets them have physical tangible evidence that a Henderson police officer was by their store at 3:30 a.m.,” he said. “So, that gives the business owner a little more piece of mind.”

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