Protect your business

There are many ways you can prevent crime affecting your business by using simple, effective crime prevention techniques such as safe cash handling techniques and focusing on your shop layout.

Shop displays and layout for crime prevention

  • If possible, install physical barriers to deter ram raids such as bollards and metal window screens
  • Keep your front window clear of posters etc
  • Position the cash register near the entry and greet every customer when they walk in
  • Position shelving in one direction so you have a clear view down each aisle
  • Use large mirrors to see every part of your store
  • Display smaller merchandise closer to the cash register counter, not at the back of the shop.

Business safety clips

Police have worked with Greater East Tamaki Business Association (GETBA) to provide simple, effective crime prevention techniques through a series of short video clips. 

You can watch Police officers demonstrate the techniques above, and other easy crime prevention techniques in English or Mandarin Chinese, on the GETBA website.

Commercial Crime Prevention Checklist

Complete this quick Commercial Crime Prevention Checklist to receive crime prevention tips that specifically relate to you and your property – it should only take a couple of minutes and could save you a lot of time and money.

Complete our Crime Prevention Checklist

Handling cash safely

  • Vary the banking time each day
  • Don't carry cash in a bag that has a bank logo
  • Use adult staff to do the banking (preferably go in pairs)
  • If driving, lock the vehicle doors and use different routes each day
  • If walking to the bank, take the most direct route
  • Carry a mobile phone and be alert of other people and vehicles

How Police is helping businesses

  • In 2022, we set up the National Retail Investigation Support Unit (NRISU). NRISU is working across the country to identify high priority, repeat retail offenders (predominantly shop theft offending involving violence and aggression) across the country. It will then work with Police right across the country to hold those offenders to account.
  • We plan to set up a Small Retailer Crime Prevention Fund later in 2022 which will support vulnerable and victimised small business owners. Police eligibility criteria for the programme is being developed and is expected to be similar to our fog cannons initiative. The fund will cover a range of different solutions tailored to the needs of each retailer. This may include options such as physical barriers (for example bollards, solid planter boxes, reinforced doors, or security screens), alarms, and fog cannons.
  • Police officers around the country are working directly with the retail sector on the issues they face, including supporting Retail NZ with prevention training and advice and trialling prevention approaches with smaller retailers with a view to rolling these out nationally.
  • Police are putting in considerable investigative and enforcement work to hold offenders to account. District criminal investigation teams continue to deal with the majority of aggravated burglaries and ram raids.