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Business Crime Prevention
The Lynchburg Police Department started the Business Watch program in an effort to help reduce business related crime and to help provide educational programs and security assessments to all businesses located in Lynchburg, Virginia.
The goal of the Lynchburg Business Watch is to create a safer environment for business, employees and consumers, while promoting crime prevention strategies.
The LPD Crime Prevention Specialist, upon request, will conduct a free security assessment of your property to help identify vulnerabilities in your physical security, and offer suggestions to improve workplace safety policies and procedures.
We also provide training to Lynchburg businesses on various business related topics such as Workplace Violence Prevention, Identity Theft Prevention, Loss Prevention for Retail Business, and Fraud Prevention. Additional topics include Shoplifting Prevention, Robbery Prevention, Gang Awareness, and Personal Safety.
Additionally, the LPD started a Loss Prevention Task Force in November of 2011 that meets to discuss current problems and trends, share information, and increase awareness among the retailers of crime in our area. This group has proven to be very helpful in increasing awareness among the retailers about shoplifting and in improving communication between the stores and the police department. The loss prevention staff and store managers have appreciated the opportunity to meet and discuss the problems, identify suspects, and work collaboratively to prosecute offenders. The group has now expanded to include law enforcement from Amherst, Bedford and Campbell counties.
Any retail store or manufacturing loss prevention staff or managers are welcome to attend the monthly meetings. The group meets on the last Friday of each month at 11:00 AM at various locations. If you would like additional information, please contact Cindy Kozerow at 434-455-6145.