The Glengarry News

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Forced to close? Here is a check list

publisher Mar 24, 2020 - 3:46pm

If your business is being forced to close because of COVID-19, the Ontario Provincial Police provides this "to do" list.

Remove all valuables from storefront displays
Remove all cash from tills and leave open with the cash tray out and visibly empty
Ensure alarm systems are working and all contact lists are up-to-date
Post on doors/windows that the premises are monitored by an alarm company and that no money is kept on the premises. Include the 1-888-310-1122 number to call the OPP should anyone notice a break-in or damage
Clean all windows and floors prior to leaving and note when you've done so (have a log) as this will help investigators should there be a break-in
Consider a surveillance system which can be monitored remotely by phone/online
Consider putting a laminate on all windows/glass to discourage and help prevent easy entry
Keep some lighting on inside to help with video surveillance and consider lighting on timers if possible
Ensure all doors and windows are locked and secure
Ensure all exterior lighting is functioning and on - consider motion sensor lights as another option
Remove anything on the exterior which could be used to gain entry to your premises (bricks, ladders, poles, construction materials)
Regularly check the building and keep track of when you check (have a log) but go at different times
Like your home, if it looks cared for and looks like someone is home or around regularly, thieves will move on to other locations