Operation Open and Empty

June 8, 2018

A quick search of crime statistics will reveal that one of the main motives for business burglaries is stealing the cash left in registers.   At retail establishments and restaurants, the most common method of forced entry is to smash out the front glass door or front window(s).  With this common

method of entry in mind, the businesses are encouraged to voluntary participate in a program called, “Open and Empty.”  Some local law enforcement agencies encourage participation by offering free participation decals for the businesses.  This program consists of business owners or managers ensuring the following efforts are being made to help deter a burglary to their property:





  • At the close of business each day, ensure that all cash registers are emptied of currency and financial institution checks and removed from the business. 


  • The empty register drawers are then placed in plain-view where it can clearly be seen from the front door or windows.


  • Businesses participating in this program should place a reflective “Open and Empty” decal that clearly states the cash register has been emptied.  The decal should be installed in the front of the business indicating that the establishment participates in the program and no cash is left on the premises.




In addition to the “Open and Empty” program, here are some additional crime prevention tips for their businesses:





  • Install a security alarm system that includes glass break detectors and invest in a video surveillance system with a high pixel-count and set all video data retention for at least 72 hours.


  • Make sure all landscaping is routinely trimmed so there are clear views of all exterior doors and windows to their properties.


  • All exterior doors should have at least 2 locking mechanisms.


  • If leaving the business with large amounts of cash the business owner or employee can call and request a local police officer stand by while they go to their vehicle.  


These simple steps could help lower the opportunity for crime to be committed and reduce lose caused from theft and damage to the property. 



See Stephen McCosker talk to Channel 6's Vanessa Araiza and Clay LePard about Operation Open and Empty.  









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