Business & Retail Crime Prevention

Retail Crime Prevention

The Boise Police Department’s Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Team has developed a cooperative relationship with loss prevention agents from a large number of local retail stores that allows for sharing of critical information with law enforcement and other retailers. These relationships have resulted in a number of arrests for a variety of fraud, theft, even violent crimes. The goal of the ORC Unit is to work with retailers and the Boise business community to reduce retail theft and fraud, crimes that have significant impacts on consumer prices, and to reduce other crimes associated with retail theft.

Boise Police offers many services to businesses.  These free services include:

  • Burglary prevention
  • Employee theft prevention and detection
  • Shoplifting prevention and procedures
  • Vendor theft
  • Security surveys
  • Robbery procedures
  • Check and Credit Card Fraud.

To schedule a visit or for more information, please contact Ed Fritz at (208) 570-6071 or email .

Crime Prevention Tips for your Business

1)      Have adequate lighting both inside and outside of your building

2)      Maintain unobstructed visibility around windows and doors

3)      Keep only a minimum amount of cash on hand

4)      Use a floor safe or a floor-bolted safe to secure cash

5)      Install an audible security alarm system

6)      Install video surveillance cameras on entrances/exits and all money handling areas

7)      Make sure all exterior doors have high security locks

8)      Utilize glass re-enforcing film or security bars on windows

9)      Vary the times and methods when making bank deposits


Robbery Prevention

Robbery is defined as the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear. 

In 2012, there were an estimated 354,520 robberies nationwide.  The average loss per robbery was $1,167 with victims consisting of individuals, banks, stores, gas stations and others. 

With each robbery, there is a great potential for harm in each situation.   Of the work-related homicides, robbers were the most common assailant for men and the second most common for women.

In an effort to keep our community safe, the Crime Prevention Unit of the Boise Police Department offers training on robbery prevention and procedures to local businesses.  The training covers proven prevention methods that can make a business a less appealing target for a robbery, as well as procedures employees should follow in the event of a robbery. 

The Crime Prevention Unit also conducts business security surveys.  During a security survey a crime prevention representative will come to your business and, after conducting a walk-through, offer suggestions on how to enhance the security of your business.

If you are interested in these programs, or any other assistance, please contact Ed Fritz, Crime Prevention Supervisor for the Boise Police Department at 570-6071 or


Work Place Violence

Workplace Violence is an issue that can affect any workplace, both small and large.  Workplace violence can be defined as any physical assault, threatening behavior, or verbal abuse occurring in the work setting.  According to OSHA, around 2 million US workers are victims of some kind of workplace violence each year.

In 2012, there were 463 homicides in the workplace in the US.  This accounts for 11% of all workplace fatalities.  Homicide is the number one fatal event for women in the workplace.  Of the work-related homicides, robbers were the most common assailant for men and the second most common for women.

Workplace violence costs employers billions of dollars each year due to lost work days, lost productivity, medical bills, security costs, and other related expenses.

Training and services provided by the Boise Police Department include:

  • Developing risk assessment teams and company response plans
  • Workplace personal safety
  • Protecting targeted employees
  • Dealing with difficult clients, customers, and people
  • Business security surveys

For more information or to schedule training, contact Ed Fritz at (208) 570-6071 or .



Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, commonly referred to as CPTED, is based on the theory that proper design can lead to a reduction in fear of crime and thus a reduction of crime itself.  The two basic goals of CPTED are to discourage inappropriate behavior while promoting positive interactions.

Key principles of CTPED include:

Natural Surveillance – arranging signing, landscaping, and other features to maximize visibility.  Proper lighting of entrances and exits is a good example of maximizing visibility at night.

Access Management – controlling people coming and going from a space.  Lock on doors or gates can provide access control.

Territoriality – defining your personal space and showing pride and ownership. 

Physical Maintenance – the general upkeep and repair of the environment.  Spaces that are well maintained show ownership and safety.

Activity Support – the placement of activities that promote natural surveillance, access management, and territoriality.   

CPTED reviews are done by the staff of the Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit and include reviewing site plans and existing buildings.

To arrange a CPTED review of your business or establishment, contact Ed Fritz at (208) 570-6071 or .