RCMP launch #Business101 campaign to help businesses stay safe

RCMP are out with a couple of back to school courses on social media to give you some tips to stay safe. Business 101 and Safety 101 have been launched by Mounties in the province. The Business101 has RCMP sharing tips to keep your business from being the victim of a break in. Safety101 is a sort of social media refresher course to remind you the roads are busier now that school is back in session. Photo Supplied

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With students back in school and hitting the books, RCMP are out with a couple of back to school courses of their own.

Business 101 and Safety 101 have been launched by Mounties in the province. Business 101, which is running on Alberta RCMP social media accounts, aims to give business owners a reminder on some safety tips on how to prevent break-ins and thefts.

RCMP said there were more than 4,900 break and enters to businesses in 2018, including 350 in September.

The campaign, which you can find by searching #Business101 on Twitter, has been sharing tips to protect a business and make it less appealing for break and enters.

RCMP suggest installing motion lights, keeping an inside light on at all times, install video cameras and an alarm system. They also suggest business owners install roll shutters or bars on windows and keep windows clear of stickers and posters.

Business owners can message photos to the RCMP social media accounts and they will get tailored Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) advice.

RCMP are also offering business security brochures at detachments around the province.

To go along with the #Business101 campaign and the start of back to school, RCMP are also out with a #Safety101 campaign. Much like the #Business101 campaign, #Safety101 offers tips to keep you and others safe as road become busier due to school getting back in session.

You can find both campaign’s by searching the hashtags on Facebook or Twitter. Mounties hope business owners will take advantage of the tips and follow the #business101 campaign on Facebook by searching RCMP in Alberta and on Twitter by searching the @RCMPAlberta account.

Officers, as always, also encourage business owners and residents to report any suspicious activity to RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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