Chamber of Commerce Strategy – Business Watch and Company Security Talks

If you run a Chamber of Commerce, then can I suggest a project for you that will put your business group front and center as a benevolent force in the community? Why not form a business watch? In fact, why not offer free information to business owners allowing them to help themselves to better security and safety? Okay so, let’s discuss this.

There are several folks, perhaps even members of your chamber already who can assist you in delivering a quality program to educate small business entrepreneurs about security risks, and then once they have their own house in order they can then join your business watch program in the community to help become an extra set of ears and eyes for local law enforcement. There are several things I’d like to discuss in this article, namely;

Lock Smiths
Focus Groups
Security Consultants
Commercial Insurance Lines
Leveraging Today’s Technology

First, once you get a large number of members together who are interested in business security you should have a locksmith, hopefully also a chamber member give a talk about the best ways to secure their facilities, location and stores. This would include their work vehicles and off-site equipment. I also recommend having a security consultant come in, and also someone that sells commercial lines of insurance. Hopefully a preferred company or a commercial business insurance broker.

Next, you should help the business owners leverage technology such as CCTV, e-mail alerts, computer security recognition systems, gate cards, and other high-tech strategies. Once everyone feels that their facilities and businesses are safe, then they need to get involved with your business watch program. This is where you will help become the watchful eyes for the local police department reporting suspicious behavior. Of course you need to know what suspicious behavior is, and what some of the challenges in your city are for instance;

Graffiti
Theft Rings
Counterfeit Rings
Vandalism
Espionage
Hackers
Employee Pilferage

Once you identify the challenges in your own business community, then you should get the group together, break them into focus groups, and attempt to address each of these issues, and the best strategies to deal with them. Remember entrepreneurs are very smart at solving problems, much better than a slow-moving bureaucracy.

This is why your group can become so valuable to making your city a no-fly zone when it comes to crime. If you can remove one or even two of the sides of the crime triangle you will be well on your way to helping your local Police Department. Please consider all this and think on it.