Norman's Memorials on West 44th Avenue was broken into a few weeks ago.(Photo: KUSA)
WHEAT RIDGE - Dozens of businesses in the metro area have
been the target of smash and grab burglars lately.
One police department has a proactive approach for stopping break-ins: a security check-up.
It's much more than a recommendation for a better security system.
Officers with Wheat Ridge Police are offering a free, detailed personalized assessment for businesses. The process takes up to an hour.
Crime Prevention Officer Steven Berkowitz performed an assessment on Tuesday at a business that was burglarized recently.
Norman's Memorials on West 44th Avenue was broken into a few weeks ago. Someone hid behind a display headstone and stole some cash.
The owner, Warren Cobb, says the assessment provided useful information that he'll look into.
"He talked about lighting, visibility bars, I think we'll do several things he mentioned," Cobb said.
Every business faces unique risks, which is why Officer Berkowitz encourages store owners to request a free check.
Officer Berkowitz says the surroundings, visibility and location of the store often play the biggest roles in break-ins.
"One of the biggest things that we see that bothers our street officers, is that businesses cover their windows," according to Berkowitz. "We can't see inside when they're closed."
The security assessment is available for any business in the metro area.
Business owners who are interested can contact their local police department to find out more.
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