Tips for small businesses to secure their premises during a close down related to COVID 19

Tips for brick and mortar to secure their premises during a close down related to COVID 19, from the International Downtown Association.

 

SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR BUSINESSES

For businesses whose operations are closed during this time, Ottawa Police have created a safety checklist to ensure your shop or restaurant remains secure. Police recommend the following guidelines:

 

  • Keep the lights on
  • Remove ALL cash and receipts
  • Do not leave any valuables clearly visible or accessible
  • All safes and tills should be emptied and moved off-site for safe storage
  • Keep all cash drawers open to show that nothing is in the drawers
  • All ATM’s should be emptied and moved off-site for safe storage
  • All alcohol products removed from bar and put in secured storage areas (no alcohol left visible from outside)
  • Consider posting “NO CASH or Valuables on Premises” signage
  • Deactivate all scheduled FOB door openings (ie. Cleaners, deliveries, etc)
  • Disconnect all kitchen gas lines from their gas source
  • Make regular site visits to monitor your shop/business and to manage inventory and storage conditions (consider scattering the times this is done to not establish a pattern)

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