The Nixa Police Department encourages community members to be proactive about business security, personal safety, and crime prevention.
Select a tab above to learn about programs we offer or tips we commonly share when educating the community about crime prevention measures you can take to protect your business, employees, and customers.
Commercial Security Survey
Want to assess what you can do to make your place of business safer? Print a copy of our Commercial Security Checklist and use it to complete an on-site examination of physical facilities and surrounding property, with the intent of recognizing, appraising and anticipating loss potential, along with recognizing areas where you could take action to minimize criminal opportunity.
Nixa Police offer the Crime-Free Business Program at no cost to all businesses inside the city. This program is designed to reduce crime in and around retail and service businesses. Crime-Free Business helps to provide a safe work environment for employees, customers, and employers, all while increases the businesses’ bottom line. Contact Officer Forgey to learn more.
Nixa Police offer the Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program at no cost to all multi-family residential property owners inside the city. This program is designed to help landlords achieve the following benefits:
- A stable, more satisfied tenant base.
- Increased demand for rental units with a reputation for active management.
- Lower maintenance and repair costs.
- Increased property values.
- Improved personal safety for tenants, landlords, and managers.
- Reduction in liability for managers and owners.
- A drastic reduction in calls for service has been seen by many properties who have implemented the Crime-Free principles.
Contact Officer Forgey to learn more.
Implementation of the Crime-Free Multi-Housing program earned the City of Nixa an honorable mention Innovation Award from the Missouri Municipal League in 2015.
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Robbery is a crime against your person rather than against your property. If someone breaks into your home or business when you’re not there and takes property from the premises, the crime is called a burglary. However, if you are confronted by an individual on the street or in your home, car or business and force is used or threatened against you, you have become the victim of a robbery.
Robbery Prevention Tips
It is important to remember two things:
1. Robbers want one thing – your money or property – and they want it quickly.
2. Robbery is a risky business and robbers are usually nervous. You do not want to delay a robbery in any way and increase the potential for violence. Give the robber what he or she wants and do it quickly. Do not risk your life, or another person’s life, for property.
While not all criminal contact can be avoided, there are some crime prevention techniques which can greatly reduce the likelihood of being victimized.
Robbery Prevention at Work
- Develop a specific robbery plan for your business and discuss that plan with your employees.
- Restrict access to offices and employee areas.
- Maintain visibility that allows you to easily see both inside and outside the stores.
- Never count money in the open.
- Practice good cash control. Keep a minimum amount of cash in drawers and make regular drops into safe.
- Maintain working alarms, lighting, surveillance cameras and locks.
- Set camera angles for optimum viewing of not only employee cash handling practices, but also to aid in the identification of suspects.
Shoplifting Prevention Tips
- Keep shelves and displays low and aisles clear to maximize visibility.
- Provide adequate lighting and eliminate blind spots.
- Have visible security systems such as mirrors, security cameras and electronic sensors.
- Post signs warning that shoplifters will be prosecuted.
- Make it difficult to steal merchandise. Bolt racks down, alternate the direction of hangers on the racks, tie appliance cords together, lock small valuable items in cabinets and keep other valuables away from store exits.
- Limit the number of items allowed into dressing rooms.
- Maintain a neat, orderly store with tight inventory controls.
- Develop a store policy and provide training for shoplifting incidents.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
- Are you designing a construction or landscaping project?
- Are you planning an event?
- Want to make your facility safer and eliminate opportunities for crime to occur at your location?
If any of these applies to you, please consider calling the Nixa Police Department to get a FREE consultation from our crime prevention expert.
Our crime prevention expert, Officer Brent Forgey, is nationally certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) through the National Institute of Crime Prevention.
Officer Forgey can provide training in CPTED principles as well as site reviews or plan reviews to identify opportunities to improve safety and crime prevention.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is defined as the proper and effective use of the built environment that can lead to:
- A reduction in crime
- A reduction in the fear of crime
- An improvement in the quality of life
The CPTED recommended best practices are backed by research and include:
- Access control
- Visibility and surveillance
- And other elements of security
If you want to learn more about CPTED and how its principles may be applied to the location of your home or business, construction project, or event plans, please reach out to Officer Forgey.