WFPD offers Crime Free Business program to business owners

Crime Free Business Program

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Crimes against businesses are an almost daily occurrence and the Wichita Falls Police Department has a program that can help lower those crime stats.

A business that is taking advantage of this program is OK Liquor Store. Owner, Sean Taing said his business has been pretty good so far.

“[We’ve got] a lot of nice customers, they’re friendly,” said Taing. “We love them and they love us.”

When Taing first opened up his business in 1995 on 7th and Martin Luther King, he said he responded to several late night calls.

“Around 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning they [would] come and hit the glass so they can get in and grab a couple of bottles and run,” said Taing.

To help keep criminals out, Taing added metal bars around his windows, but just to be on the safe side he also signed up for the Crime Free Business program. It’s a three-phase certification program the Wichita Falls Police Department has offered for about five years.

"The first phase is like an on-site training program," said Officer Timothy Johnson with WFPD.

The second phase is an on-site security evaluation, and the third is an on-site business follow up. This is a program Taing encourages every business owner to take part in.

"They suggested to put cameras, and to put the safe inside," said Taing.

While no crime has been reported inside his facility since he got certified Taing said last year his wife was shot in the leg twice just outside his home during an attempted robbery after closing his business for the day.

We reached out to WFPD officials for an update on this incident and they tell us this case is still an active investigation. Other than this incident, Taing believes the crime-free business program has helped reduce robberies and other crimes.

WFPD officials say research has shown that customer volume also increases with participation in the program. If you are a business owner and would like to participate in the program, you can call Officer Johnson at 940-720-5006 or email him at timothy.johnson@wfpd.net.

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