Law enforcement give tips to help keep businesses safe

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - With the holiday season quickly approaching, it's a good time for businesses to make sure they're protecting themselves against crimes. That was the focus at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce's Breakfast Forum on Tuesday.

During the crime forum, Beaufort City Police Chief Matt Clancy and Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner gave business leaders a number of crime prevention tips to help keep their business and their employees safe. While they did see a recent rash of break ins at some businesses in Beaufort, they're not seeing a big spike in business related crime right now in the Beaufort area.

Sheriff Tanner says in this tough economy, they'll likely see an increase in thefts and robberies during the holiday season. He says its no time to become complacent.

"We really push for alarm systems, video cameras and these types of things. The limed knowledge of employees knowing how much cash is on hand in the business, these types of things. Its a common sense approach," said Sheriff Tanner.

"If you have an alarm system, make sure it's in good working order, that you test it periodically and it gives the right address," said Chief Clancy. "At times, we have alarms go off and there's a glitch with the company. They give us the wrong address or we'll find a break in and people say the alarm didn't go off."

Chief Clancy also suggests making sure bushes and trees are trimmed around the windows and doors of a business, so burglars do not have a place to hide. He says good outdoor lighting is also important.

Both the Sheriff and Chief Clancy say business owners need to report anything suspicious, saying it is better to be safe than sorry.

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