The following crime bulletin was released by the Cypress Police Department.
Theft of commercial metals is one of the most prevalent crimes in a business park. The best defense is to prevent metal theft at the source. Consider these measures to reduce your risk:
- Call the police department immediately if you see any suspicious vehicles or people. Write down a description, license plate, or direction of travel. Being a good witness is the best way to help your business recover stolen items.
- Secure all equipment in locked buildings, or in well-lit areas secured by fencing and alarm systems.
- Post “No Trespassing” signs around the property or signs indicating the presence of a surveillance or security system.
- Change your burglar alarm codes for your property regularly, especially after an employee leaves your employ.
- Install a security camera with video recorder. Make sure your security cameras are operation and directed as sensitive areas of your business. Monitor and check the footage regularly. Do not destroy the footage, it may be helpful in the apprehension of a suspect.
- Increase lighting outside, and protect fixtures (such as AC units) with locked metal cages.
- Secure your doors and offices during lunch or other times there is no one to monitor them.
- Make sure someone is present when supplies such as copper wiring or pipe are delivered at a job site so the materials can be immediately secured. Don’t receive supplies earlier than you need them. The longer metal is onsite and unused, the greater risk of theft.
- Identify everyone entering your business and the reason for their visit. If they say they are performing a service or inspection and you did not schedule it, verify they are working for a legitimate company. Don’t be afraid to ask for identification.
- Keep an updated list of serial numbers, you will need them to report missing items.
- Mark metals using paint, decals or engraving.
- Report any license plates stolen from your company vehicles immediately.
- If a metal theft does occur, call the police immediately so that local recyclers and scrap dealers can be alerted.
REPORT CRIMES IMMEDIATELY
If you witness or become the victim of a crime please contact the Cypress Police Department at 714-229-6600.