Business Watch 9/12/17

Downtown Business Watch

Fostering a Safe Community

Tuesday, September 12th

[Great Falls, September 8, 2017]  Join us Tuesday, September 12th for the next Business Watch to learn more about safety in your community! Business Watch is brought to you by the Downtown Safety Alliance, a committee of the Downtown Development Partnership. The meeting will be held in the NeighborWorks Learning Center at 509 1st Ave South, beginning at 5:30pm.

BRIC Officer Adam Hunt, Great Falls Police Department, will be updating his well-received public safety awareness training conducted in June, 2017. This session is designed for all residents, business/property owners, managers and employees that are interested in specific techniques that they can put to use to make their home or business safer.

Those techniques, called Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), provide users with hands on ways to assess the safety of their property and how to design these areas in ways that will discourage criminal activity. Issues he will be addressing include:  how to report a crime; when to call 911, the nonemergency line or report online; what information do you need to have when you call; what is trespassing and how to ban a person from your business; how to handle shoplifting issues, panhandling and vagrancy on your property; and how to make your property less attractive for criminals. Attendees will be given information to take back and analyze their own home, business and/or property.

For those wanting to learn more about CPTED, we will have a follow up workshop where they can bring their own property analysis and learn how to put their investigation into action, through landscaping, lighting and other measures.

This meeting is sponsored by Northwestern Energy, refreshments will be provided by Fire Artisan Pizza.

Business Watch meetings are held five times a year, on the 2nd Tuesday of January, March, May, September & November and last one hour.  The meeting format has been established to allow for a 45-minute presentation on a specific topic and 15-minutes for questions and answers on that topic.  Refreshments will be served.  Business Watch meetings are open to anyone interested in attending.

Download the Press Release HERE