Edison Police Launch “Business Watch” Program

EDISON—The Edison Police Department is launching a business watch program. Business Watch is a similar program to that of the more common Neighborhood Watch, however this program is structured and specifically geared to the needs of small businesses—for example: burglary prevention, robbery prevention, shoplifting awareness, safety procedures for opening and closing, security devices, increased vigilance and more.

The Edison Police just launched its first Business Watch Program in Edison along Amboy Avenue from Route 1 to Woodbridge Avenue and Woodbridge Avenue to Route 287.  Officer’s from the Community Resource Unit worked in conjunction with the Clara Barton Neighborhood Preservation Organization and addressed numerous members of the group, including members from the business community.

Following up from that meeting, Community Resource Officers went door-to-door to each of the over 50 businesses in this neighborhood handing out educational materials, Business Watch decals for their windows and doors, as well as compiling a list of contacts with contact information.

“Our goal with the use of these business contacts is to constantly update these businesses via e-mail whenever there are issues of concern in their neighborhood” Chief Thomas Bryan said.

“We are encouraging these businesses to reach out to the Edison Police Department with issues they may be seeing in and around their businesses of which we may not yet be aware” added Police Director Brian Collier.

The Edison Police Department plan to expand the business watch initiative to other viable areas around Edison and pro-actively approach small business clusters.

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