Business safety

Business safety
Find practical tips to improve safety, reduce the impact of crime on businesses and provide a safe place for your employees and customers. Business Safety canterbury city Find practical tips to improve safety, reduce the impact of crime on businesses and provide a safe place for your employees and customers.  


​In March 2014, the City of Canterbury Bankstown, in partnership with Campsie Local Area Command of the NSW Police, held a Business Safety Seminar in Lakemba.  The seminar was an opportunity for participants to raise safety issues and concerns with the police and Council staff and understand how those issues are responded to.

Importantly,  participants gained an understanding of the actual levels of local crime rather than perceived levels in their neighbourhood.  This was important as positive perceptions of safety foster community participation and provide a foundation for social cohesion.

During the seminar a very useful presentation on business safety and security was provided by Senior Constable David Blom of the Campsie Local Area Command.  He stressed that preventing crime requires a community commitment, underpinned by four important principles:

  • Natural surveillance - increase the perception that people can be seen, such as visibility through windows and  short, wide aisles.

  • Space management - good management will mean increased safety, such as signage, security lighting and a safe.

  • Access control - make things harder for criminals, such as warning signs, limited access points and access control.

  • Maintenance - show you care about your business, such as removing obstacles, rubbish, graffiti and repairing unsafe or damaged structures.