Halton Police Crime Prevention Meeting

Dear BIA Members,

A big THANK YOU to Halton Police, namely Carla Draper and Marc Taraso, Paul Proteau of Crime Stoppers and the BIA members that attended an information session on crime prevention for BIA members.

Please join us...

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Drivewise Oakville, 235 Lakeshore Road (2nd floor)

RSVP at as soon as possible.

Halton Police covered several topics such as home safety and what businesses can do to protect themselves against burglary and shoplifters.
To start, take a look at your business from a criminal’s point of view. How would you break in? Most criminals will break in through doors and windows.
Halton Police provided the following tips to consider:

  • Have good lighting inside and outside is idea
  • Keep your back doors closed and locked
  • Install a CCTV camera that also works in the daylight, is in color and is high definition recording
  • Point the camera toward the till, front door and outside to detour the criminal
  • Provide signage that your business is monitored by cameras
  • Alarms are effective if audible and signage is helpful to deter thieves
  • Install a fireproof safe that is mounted to a cement floor, hidden behind a locked door with a deadbolt and locked with an alarm
    • Doors should be metal, wood or fiberglass and the screws used in the hinges should be at least 3 inches long that attach to the door frame
  • Install window security film which will not shatter.
    • The film is positioned inside the glass and adheres to the window frame, is clear to see through and sells for $8-$12 per square foot
    • Many companies sell it and is highly recommended by Halton Police
If you suspect or see a shoplifter, you have the right to refuse service. Tips to consider:
  • Call Halton Police non-emergency line at 905-825-4747 or 905-825-4777
  • Most of all determine how much that item is worth to you and if it’s worth the potential confrontation
  • Greet your customers so they know you notice them and continue to ask if they need assistance
  • Install dummy cameras or convex mirrors
Halton Police recommends BIA members talk to your neighbours about suspicious people and share what they look like and their behaviors.

Feel free to contact Village Constable Marc Taraso at 905-825-4747 ext. 2287 or Constable Carla Draper, Crime Prevention Officer or 905-825-4747 ext. 2222 for more information.

Thank you,

Jennifer Cain
Administrative and Membership Coordinator
Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area
146 Lakeshore Road East (2nd Floor - West Office)
phone: 905-844-4520 (x.10)
fax: 905-844-1154