Viewpoint: Business Watch

The Albany Police Department is starting a business watch.  It's a crime prevention program for businesses modeled after the popular neighborhood watch that protects residential areas.

It's a great idea.  Unfortunately, it's not catching on as well as it should.

At an organizational meeting last week in east Albany, a place hit hard by business burglaries recently, only five business owners showed up.  That's a shame.

The program could give owners tips to protect their businesses and teach them to work with their neighbors to make their areas safer.

Business owners often complain about crime.  Business watch is a chance for them to do something about it, and every owner should take advantage of it and get involved.

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