The successful Blue Springs Police Department Crime-Free Multi-Housing and Hotel-Motel initiatives are now joined by the Crime-Free Business initiative, with the first meeting to be held at 11 a.m. April 20. The event will be hosted by the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and held at the Chamber offices at 1000 Main Street in downtown Blue Springs.

Doug Heishman is a crime prevention officer in Blue Springs.


The successful Blue Springs Police Department Crime-Free Multi-Housing and Hotel-Motel initiatives are now joined by the Crime-Free Business initiative, with the first meeting to be held at 11 a.m. April 20. The event will be hosted by the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and held at the Chamber offices at 1000 Main Street in downtown Blue Springs.

The Crime-Free Business initiative is designed to open communication lines with Blue Springs businesses to help prevent crimes and enhance the business experience in Blue Springs. Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy puts it this way: “It is essential in a competitive market for Blue Springs businesses to have the advantage of partnering with the police department and Chamber of Commerce to reduce potential losses from criminal activities. By reducing costs, our businesses can remain competitive and encourage our citizens to ‘Buy Blue Springs.’”

The statistics show the importance of this partnership. According to the National Association of Shoplifting prevention, more than $13 billion worth of goods are stolen from retailers each year. That’s more than $35 million in losses per day – a staggering number. With more than 10 million shoplifters caught in our nation in the past five years, shoplifting affects all of us by adding to store “shrinkage,” security expense, lost sales tax dollars and higher cost for purchases.

No type of business is exempt. Shoplifters steal from department stores, specialty shops, supermarkets, drug stores, discounters, music stores, convenience stores and thrift shops. Shoplifters often buy and steal merchandise in the same visit, commonly stealing from $2 to $200 per incident. Approximately 3 percent of shoplifters are “professionals” who steal solely for resale or profit as a business, and they are responsible for 10 percent of the total dollar losses.

By providing the Crime-Free Business program, we hope to assist local businesses in the prevention of crime, and how to follow up when crimes do occur to prevent similar occurrences. By learning current crime trends and tactics, as well as how to report and follow up on crimes, businesses can enhance their bottom line.  

The April 20 meeting is open to all Blue Springs businesses and interested owners, employees or loss prevention specialists. Participants are encouraged to bring business cards to the meeting.  

For further information or to RSVP, call the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce office at 229-8558 or the BSPD Crime Prevention Unit at 228-0178.