With the recent spike in armed robberies across Wichita Falls, the Wichita Falls Police Department is reminding you about a free public safety service. It teaches you about crime prevention methods which can be put in place in your neighborhoods, homes and businesses.
Robberies can happen unexpectedly, but you can definitely prepare for it.
The W-F-P-D's crime free business program started in August of 2010. It's a helpful way to protect homes and businesses. Officer Tim Johnson says taking prevention measures keeps you one step ahead of the game. The businesses that have gone through the training and have gotten certified have seen a 50 to 60 percent reduction in calls and reports to their business.
Recently, the W-F-P-D has seen a large increase in businesses wanting to get educated on crime prevention. Businesses can help reduce the risk of getting robbed by installing security cameras, clearing posters off windows and replacing exterior lighting. Even greeting customers at the door is a simple method to protect your business. So far, 18 businesses have been certified and 83 have actually gone through the training. In addition to businesses, the department offers crime prevention training for multi-housing programs and residences.
One tip Officer Johnson has is to try to keep the cash in the register to about $50 if possible.