2 July 2018 - Media release
Campaspe Shire Council is partnering with Echuca Police to support business owners in the assessment of business security.
Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said the focus of the partnership is to assist Echuca business owners in completing a self-assessment and providing tips and prevention measures that can be taken to improve security.
“A Crime Prevention Officer from Victoria Police will be visiting businesses in the Port Precinct and CBD area to discuss basic crime prevention measures. Echuca businesses outside of these areas are also able to book an appointment by contacting council,” Cr Weston said.
“Business owners will be guided through a self-assessment to uncover areas of potential vulnerability and learn what actions can be taken to reduce the risk of crime.”
Local crime data will also be available from the Victoria Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) website to assist in the understanding of what crime is happening in the local community.
“Up-to-date CSA crime data is the best method for the public to gain information around current crime issues and trends that leads to improved perceptions of safety,” Echuca Police Inspector Geoff Owen said.
“A Business Security Kit, developed by Victoria Police, will be used to provide business owners with helpful steps that business owners can take themselves to increase business safety.”
The kit covers a range of topics including:
- aggressive people and how to deal with the situation
- cash handling, the cash register itself, how to store and transport cash
- credit card fraud and electronic crime
- closed circuit television, where and how to use
- graffiti, some strategies how to minimise opportunities
- theft, from employees as well as from the shop.
“The kit also provides an incident report form and description form to help a business owners capture an incident which can be used to help solve a crime,” Inspector Owen said.
“All business owners in Echuca are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and learn what steps can be taken,” Cr Weston said.
A similar program will be coordinated for Kyabram business owners in coming months.
Businesses in the Port Precinct and CBD will be visited on Wednesday, 11 July from 2pm to 4.30pm. In addition, all Echuca business owners can book a free appointment on a date and time that suits them by contacting council’s customer service centre on 1300 666 535.