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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. 

Business Crime Prevention Tips

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

If you are ever the victim of a robbery, comply. Give up your money or your merchandise—don’t give up your life.

Get involved with Business Watch and encourage other local businesses to do the same.

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.

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 
  • drunkenness 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


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If you have information about suspects, or wish to remain anonymous, please call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) or click link above.


Police Administration Building
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204

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Non-Emergency: 720-913-2000
Emergency: Dial 9-1-1

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