Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 27, 2016 (RSCNPF):  The Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is offering local businesses a free physical security assessment with the goal of reducing their vulnerability to crime.

 The initiative was one of several outputs from an strategy meeting of the Police High Command held on Saturday (May 20) to address recent criminal activity in the Federation.

 Speaking to the initiative,  Deputy Commissioner Brandy said, “we want to ensure that our local businesses are best informed as to how to prevent crimes against the establishments, and we brainstormed on a number of ideas as to how we can help the owners to protect their businesses.”  He added, “one way is to ensure that the businesses are using the best physical security practices, and our officers will assist them with that,” noted the Deputy who also stressed, ” this is for any business, whether you’re in Basseterre or a village shop in the country.”

 Deputy Brandy stated,  “officers from the CID will visit the business, look at the current security and safety plan and offer any information or ideas as to how it can be improved if needed.”  He noted some of the elements of a good physical security plan for any business are simple things, and the training and awareness of staff is also critical.   He said, “our officers will speak with the staff and help them to identify possible threats and the need to be more observant.”

 “Investing in electronic security systems is also a good way to protect your business,” said Deputy Brandy, and he noted, “the time to do it is now considering the concessions being offered by the government for these types of equipment.”

 Business owners who are interested in a “physical security check-up” for their business are urged to contact the Criminal Investigations Department at 465-2241 (ext 4236).

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