Business Watch Program

The Business Watch Program is a partnership between the Denver Police Department and local business owners to increase the security of businesses and reduce crime in the community at large. Contact the Police Department at (720) 913-2000 for more information on the business crime watch program in your area, or how to start a program of your own. You can also sign up for more information!

Business Crime Prevention Tips

To assist the Police Department in making the Denver business community safe, it's important to report all crime and suspicious activities to the numbers provided to the left of this page. See below for business crime prevention tips from the National Crime Prevention Council.

  • Make sure that security measures, such as lights, alarms, and security personnel, are not only in place but are clearly visible and activated.
  • Keep all areas used by patrons well-lighted to deter criminal activity. 
  • Make sure that the main activities within your business can be clearly viewed from the street.
  • Check the parking lot for good lighting and unobstructed views.

Surveillance cameras can serve as a big deterrent to crime. Be sure these are activated and in plain view at all times.

If you are ever the victim of a robbery, comply. Give up your money or your merchandise—don’t give up your life.
Know what to do in case of an emergency. Fire exits and evacuation routes should be clearly marked. Fire extinguishers and medical kits should be well-stocked and checked regularly. Plan drills so that all employees know what to do in case of an emergency. Have different emergency plans in place for different types of emergencies.
  • Get involved with Business Watch and encourage other local businesses to do the same. Sign up for more information!
  • Learn how to be a good witness. Take note of gender, ethnicity, age, height, weight, hair color and length, and description of clothes and shoes.
  • Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed so that you can see trouble before it walks in the door. 
  • Deter vandalism and show pride in your community with "thorny" plants and vines.

Remember to change the computer security codes and door codes / combinations when an employee who had access to it is no longer employed by your business.

Public Nuisances

Your neighborhood police officers are committed to supporting businesses in protecting their establishments. Under the Nuisance Abatement law, a public nuisance is classified as any real property or vehicle where criminal activity occurs. The activity can include:

  • drug violations 
  • drunkennes or vagrancy
  • unlawful loitering
  • sex offenses
  • weapon offenses
  • gang activity
  • noise offenses and disturbing the peace

To report a public nuisance, call the police non-emergency line at (720) 913-2000


Contact Crime Stoppers

If you have information about suspects, or wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You may also text to: 274637 (CRIMES) then title DMCS & enter your message.  Download Metro Denver's Most Wanted list.

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