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Crime Prevention Unit
The Brentwood Police Department is currently developing a Crime Prevention Unit to be used specifically for area businesses. The goal will be to provide local businesses with a means of creating a safer environment for their employees, and an opportunity to reduce loss through in-service training and communication.

The Crime Prevention Unit will take a progressive approach to fraud prevention, employee safety, harassment, and internal theft by providing:

  • Personal contact with the business community on a regular basis offering information on open investigations
  • Providing an open line of communication around the clock between local business and the police
  • Being provided with current information that pertains to your business operations relative to our ongoing police investigations
  • Provide in-service training for company employees to help deal with various situations such as: robberies, harassment, work place violence, etc.

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Merchant Fraud Prevention 
With the influx of business in our community, the Brentwood Police Department has taken a pro-active approach to one of the fastest growing crimes throughout the United States…fraud and identity theft. It has become our goal to decrease the amount of time it takes to identify and apprehend those who are responsible for these types of crimes.

Statistics show that on average, victims don’t realize they’re victims until they see a credit card or bank statement from the mail which could be logging fraudulent transactions as old as 6 months. With this in mind, we want to focus the majority of our efforts for deterrence with the business community.

An online e-mail system has been established for the purpose of sharing information between Police and local merchants, . Merchants will now be notified in “real time” of any suspicious or criminal activity that may pertain to them and hopefully reduce their losses that are attributed to fraud. Information can be received and sent 24/7 through this medium whereas in the past we had to rely on the help of the media or through the posting of flyers. Merchants will be aware of current fraud investigations along with who and what they should be looking for.

The department is also going to provide in-service training for business owners and their employees to help deal with identifying fraud.

Criminals have been using this system for some time to extract and reproduce victim’s personal data for the purpose of fraud and identity theft. We believe it’s now time for law enforcement to use this same system to help deter these types of crime from happening through better communication and training.

To sign up for this service, click here to download an application. Complete the form and mail or fax it to the Brentwood Police Department. 

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Useful Links 
National Fraud Information Center: www.fraud.org
Consumer Fraud: Missouri Attorney General's Office

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