Keeping Your Property & Business Safe
The health and safety of downtown Tucson is the DTP’s #1 priority. We work closely with the Tucson Police Department (TPD) to ensure that your properties remain safe as possible.
Use the following safety checklist if your business operations are closed during this time to ensure that your shop or restaurant remains secure:
- Keep the lights on
- Do not leave any valuables clearly visible or accessible
- Empty all safes, tills, and ATMs and move them off-site for safe storage
- Remove ALL cash and receipts
- Consider posting “NO TRESPASSING” signage and filling out a TPD Trespass Letter of Consent
- Remove all alcohol products from the bar and put them in secured storage areas, with no alcohol left visible from outside
- Disable access to your public WiFi network
- Deactivate all scheduled FOB door openings (e.g., dry cleaning and other nonessential deliveries you may have forgotten)
- Make regular site visits to monitor your shop/business and manage inventory and storage conditions. Consider randomizing the times this is done to avoid establishing a detectable pattern
The TPD encourages all property owners to follow the guidelines established through Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
Recognized worldwide for its proven strategies to deter crime and increase safety, CPTED is based on the simple idea that the physical environment affects crime and the perception of safety. The design or re-design of an environment has been proven to reduce crime opportunities.
If you can afford it, this is a good time to implement some of the following long-term strategies to help keep your property safe:
- LIGHT IT Replace all light fixtures with “dark skies” fixtures and install LED lighting. These fixtures eliminate glare and shadows that make it easy for trespassers to hide. LED lighting allows true colors to be seen at night — and lowers your electricity bills.
- RECORD IT Surveillance is your 24/7 witness to help law enforcement catch criminals. Invest in quality surveillance with remote viewing. Place cameras inside and outside the facility.
- SCREEN IT Attractive screens maintain privacy and deter graffiti. Unwanted activity cannot go unnoticed.
- ROCK IT Landscape rocks, such as river rock, deter long-term loitering or resting.
- LOCK IT Keep your doors, gates, and all access points to your property locked when empty. Keep your dumpsters locked and inside enclosures. Unlocked dumpsters invite “recyclers” onto your property and invite unwanted activity.
- BLOCK IT Block roll-up doors with vehicles or heavy equipment to prevent break-ins at night.
- TRIM IT Eliminate hiding areas and open the line of sight to increase natural surveillance. Use the 2’/6’ rule for landscaping: Trim branches 6 feet from the ground, and cut all bushes to 2 feet in height.