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Business Watch

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The Stockton Police Department encourages all businesses to participate in the Business Watch Program. As members, you will be encouraged to sign up to receive Stockton Police Alerts and to communicate with businesses around you.

By receiving important communication from the Stockton Police Department Alerts and by sharing information with other businesses, you will become more aware of what is happening in your area. Being more aware will help deter crime.


Stockton Police Department Business Alerts

Businesses can sign up to participate in the City of Stockton e-mail subscription service to receive Stockton Police Department Alerts.  There are currently 4 Stockton Police Alert choices available:

  1. Stockton Police News & Events (Including Day & Night Watch Commander Activity Reports)
  2. Stockton Police Crime Stoppers
  3. Stockton Police Crime Prevention Tips
  4. Stockton Police Careers

Organizing Business Watch Groups

  • Contact neighboring businesses about Business Watch.

You decide which businesses to contact. A "Watch" could be a couple of adjacent businesses, an office building or an entire commercial district. Survey your neighboring businesses to determine what are the major areas of concern. 

  • Set up a meeting.

Make sure it's a time that will be convenient for the majority of area business people; early morning or noon is probably best. Contact the Stockton Police Department Community Services Division.

  • Hold the meeting.

A representative from the Stockton Police Department will attend your meeting and discuss how Business Watch works. You will want to allow time for everyone to describe their particular crime concerns. At the meeting, packets of crime prevention information will be distributed.

  • Assemble information.

Assemble information from participating businesses in the form of block map/e-mail addresses. Businesses can use these devices to quickly contact neighbors when trouble arises. When completed, the e-mail should be distributed to all members of the "Watch."

  • Organize a "kickoff" event.

Invite the media and neighboring residents to celebrate the beginning of your crime prevention program. This lets the city know your district is getting tough on crime.

  •  Take steps to maintain your Business Watch.

Encourage Watch coordinators to use e-mail notifications regularly. This maintains regular contact and can often inform business people of non-crime related issues. Some business associations use e-mails to remind of monthly meetings or other events.

Ongoing Business Watch Activities

  • Get to know the people who operate the neighboring businesses.

These are your neighbors for eight or more hours a day. Making personal contact with your neighbors is the best way to get acquainted. Make an effort to introduce yourself to others in the neighborhood.

  •  Watch and report.

Report suspicious behavior to the Stockton Police Department immediately. Create an area map; it is a simple way to explain your location to the Stockton Police Department. Communicating by e-mail is an effective means of sharing information with other merchants. Should a problem develop, each merchant is responsible for e-mailing the group. 

  • Secure your property.

Sign up for a free security survey arranged by the Stockton Police Department. Your business will be checked for security weaknesses, and recommendations will be made on how to improve these conditions. A Business Security Inspection Checklist is available to assist with this process.

  • Engrave your valuable office equipment.

Use your tax identification number or California driver's license number. 

  • Aggressively advertise the fact that you have organized your business block.

Post signs and stickers which state that your block of businesses is organized and will watch and report suspicious activities.

Avoid a business robbery and/or burglary by following these Crime Alert Tips Business Robbery Burglary  and circulate to other businesses in your Business Watch group.

Trespassing, Loitering and Parking Problems

To assist businesses with addressing issues of trespassing, loitering and parking problems, signs can be helpful.  Specifications for trespassing and loitering signs are available on the City of Stockton web site.  Links to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Vehicle Code sections are provided below, including:

  • Private Parking Facilities
  • Notice to Department of Justice
  • Removal from Private Property
  • Parking for the Disabled


Parking for the Disabled

City of Stockton disabled parking specifications are available in a diagram form. 


For more information, call the Stockton Police Department Community Services Division.






External Links

Stockton Municipal Code, Title 9 Public Peace and Welfare, Chapter 9.28, Trespassing, Loitering, Parking, or Operating Motor Vehicles of Posted Property


California Department of Motor Vehicles DMV Vehicle Code - Private Parking Facilities


California Department of Motor Vehicles DMV Vehicle Code - Notice to Department of Justice 


California Department of Motor Vehicles DMV Vehicle Code - Removal from Private Property


California Department of Motor Vehicles DMV Vehicle Code - Parking for the Disabled