Business Watch


Business Watch programs deter and detect crimes and diminish opportunties for crime.

Crime Problem Addressed:

This strategy reduces many types of crimes, including shoplifting, theft, burglary, purse snatching, and vandalism against and around businesses. Just as citizen preparedness and surveillance in Neighborhood Watch programs have led to a reduction of crime in residential areas, this strategy can reduce crime against businesses as well as other crimes.

Key Components:

Business Watch primarily establishes links among small businesses, and between them and the police. Basically, Business Watch is businesses (sometimes with community groups), taking systematic steps to reduce opportunities for crimes in and around business locations. It includes training business personnel to be eyes and ears for the police. In Business Watch areas, crime prevention police officers and business leaders assist business owners, operators, and employees in: 

  • Reporting crime: effectively observing and reporting to police on crimes and suspicious activities that could lead to crime;
  • Operation identification: marking all equipment, machines, etc., with traceable identification numbers for deterrence and tracing;
  • Robbery prevention: eliminating "easy prey" crime opportunites;
  • Burglary prevention: adding security measures to impede criminals, detect criminal activity, and communicate with the police; and
  • Self-protection: learning to recognize dangerous situations, and learning how to prevent, avoid, or flee them.  

Business Watch programs often have a business leader act as the block security chief for the participating busiesses. One or more police officers are usually assigned to be the liaison with the Business Watch group. The local civic association or other community groups may also participate, lending extra eyes and ears, especially for periods when the businesses are closed. Sometimes the businesses are linked to each other and to the police through radio or fax machine message trees. Radio-equipped delivery and service vehicles may also become part of the Business Watch.

Key Partnerships

Key partnerships are those among the businesses and business people themselves and their organization and leaders. They, in turn, form a key partnership with the local police department, and especially with its crime prevention or watch liaison officers. Other partners can be the local citizen's association, church, Chamber of Commerce, or other groups interested in a safe and prosperous business base in the community.

Get Involved Today!

The cost of crime impacts your business' "Bottom Line".  Your dollars would be better spent growing your business. Contact the Crime Prevention Officers at the Franklin Police Department to become involved in Business Watch.

Business Watch Program

Franklin Police Department
Crime Prevention Unit
Business Watch
9455 W. Loomis Road
Franklin, WI  53132

Phone:  414-425-2522
Fax:  414-425-0391
 Hours:  24 Hours/7 Days a Week
For Emergencies only


Crime Prevention Officers:

Sergeant Stephen Hintz
414-858-2650 (12 a.m. to 8 a.m.)

Police Officer Jon Czerwinski
414-858-2639 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Police Officer Gary Wallace
(414) 858-2672 (4 p.m. to 12 a.m.)