There are a number of preventative measures that business owners can take to reduce the risk of a commercial break and enter. The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) recommends adopting the following measures.

Prevention Measures

  • Remove all cash from the till and leave it open. Place the cash tray in clear view on the counter to indicate the till is empty.
  • Remove items from window displays. This will help mitigate smash and grab occurrences.
  • If you have an alarm system, post signage on all doors and windows to indicate premises are monitored by an alarm company.
  • Consider installing a high quality video alarm system that can be monitored online. Angle cameras to be towards points of entry (doors, windows). Ensure all currently installed systems are in good working order.
  • Clean all glass surfaces and create a log of when cleaning was completed. This can assist police during an investigation with fingerprints if a break in occurs.
  • Consider installing Security Film for windows.
  • Install latch guards on ALL doors to protect against prying.
  • Keep some lighting on inside for surveillance opportunities during the evening.
  • Ensure all doors are locked.
  • Ensure all exterior lighting is functioning.
  • Remove material around the exterior of property that may be used to gain entry into the premises.

Upon Discovery of a Break-In

  • Call police immediately and avoid entering the premises.
  • Wait for police to clear the premises for possible remaining suspects.
  • Do not open for business.
  • If you must enter, avoid walking over the path that suspects may have taken. Walk close to the edge of walls. Even if you can't see footwear impressions, they may still be present and visualized by Forensic Officers.
  • Do not touch anything. Suspect fingerprints may be smudged or overlapped.
  • Avoid cleaning up evidence until a Forensic Officer has completed their examination.