By Beth Taylor
The success of the Neighborhood Crime Watch program lead to the Fishers Business Watch initiative. The police department’s mission is to partner with businesses to monitor and deter crime in and around Fishers businesses.
“We are wanting to build a business crime watch program. We thought the 96th Street initiative would be a good jumping off point,” said Sgt. Tom Weger, public information officer for the Fishers Police Department. The FBW will serve as a line of communication between the FPD and the loss prevention or managerial staff at businesses in Fishers.
“The business owners see things that we need to know about, and we know things that they need to know about,” said Weger. “Education is key. If the businesses help us spread the word, then they can make their environment safe for their customers—and it’s not labor intensive.”
The FPD hopes to get every business in the city of Fishers to join us in the initiative. “We will continue to build our list and get the information out to as many businesses as possible,” he said.
Weger wants all residents to be vigilant against crime. “If you see suspicious activity, you need to call 911. It doesn’t matter if you’re at home, the shopping mall, at church—you need to be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to call us if something doesn’t look right.”
On March 24, the second Coffee with a Cop took place at Mama Bears Bakery and Café on Brooks School Road. “There’s no agenda. It’s just having a cup of coffee and chatting,” said Weger. Outreach events help officers gain community support. “We want residents to know they can come to police officers. The FPD plans to hold four or five coffee events throughout the year.