PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) - A rash of burglaries has the Piqua Police Department issuing a warning to business owners.
Police Chief Bruce Jamison says the city has seen a significant increase in the number of break-ins since December 2012. Several occurred over the weekend of January 26, sparking the warning.
The police chief issued a list of precautions businesses can take to discourage burglars:
- Do not keep significant amounts of cash in the business overnight
- If cash is present, make sure it is secured in a safe which is permanently affixed to the
building, or a safe too heavy to be easily carried away
- Alarm your business and set the alarm every night
- Secure all possible entry points such as windows, air conditioning units, roof hatches
- Reinforce doors' security features (types of doors, locks, bolts, hinges, etc.)
- Keep the interior lit at night if it would provide passers-by and police a way to see inside
- Maximize outdoor lighting
- Remove physical features that would help a burglar gain access to your business
The chief is making officers available to survey businesses and offer safety advice. You can contact the police department at 937-778-2027 to schedule a meeting.
He also urges citizens to call and report any suspicious activity.
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