GERRINGONG and Gerroa business owners wanting to protect their businesses against crime are invited to attend a free BizSafe seminar on November 13.
The Lake Illawarra Local Area Command will host the seminar at Gerringong Town Hall from 6.30pm until 8pm. They will outline the prevalence and types of crime affecting businesses, how to prevent a burglary, crime scene preservation, and risk management and minimisation.
Community safety officer Acting Inspector Jason Harrison said the program would also depend on what questions were asked on the night.
"We'll enforce how to make it safer for their employees," he said.
"Some things will sound like common sense, but people don't think about what would happen if someone came in with a knife or what they would expect their staff to do."
Acting Inspector Harrison said the main step for any business was to have a safety plan in place for staff to follow in the event of an incident, and to ensure police were called.
"Sometimes police have rushed to a scene to find it happened 40 minutes ago because they've rung the owner or their brother or daughter, then rung the police," he said.
"It's meant we've lost opportunities at the crime scene like using sniffer dogs or finding witnesses."
He said having a plan could reduce the risk of owners having compensation claims laid against them by their employees.
Acting Sergeant Mark Scott said avoiding fraud would be another focus, including payWave technology and card refunds.
This BizSafe seminar was requested by Gerringong Neighbourhood Watch following the armed robbery at Khan's IGA in September.
No bookings are necessary and everyone is welcome.