According to the Council on Criminal Justice, US property crimes in some areas are escalating. Motor vehicle thefts (+104.3%) and nonresidential burglaries (+5.1%) were higher in the first half of 2023 than they were compared to pre-COVID numbers. Concerns over public safety have begun to percolate in Alameda as well. This is a subject, that while uncomfortable, should be discussed. We need your ideas and want to hear your concerns.

The safety of your employees, products, and customers is integral to your business. That’s why the Alameda Chamber and Economic Alliance is proud to present an opportunity to come together and talk about these concerns and listen to solutions. Join us for a Public Forum featuring Chief of Police Nishant Joshi on October 2, from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM at Cafe Jolie.

Why Public Safety Matters for Business Owners

Public safety is a cornerstone of a thriving community and a flourishing business environment. When customers and employees feel safe, it fosters trust and encourages economic activity. Conversely, concerns over safety can deter potential customers and hinder the growth of our businesses. In light of these factors, it is crucial that business owners actively engage in efforts to enhance public safety and work together as a community. Here are a few things you can do:

What Business Owners Can Do to Protect Employees, Products, and Customers

  1. Be a Part of Working Collaboratively with Law Enforcement: The chamber works closely with local law enforcement agencies. We believe in the power of building relationships and sharing concerns that can lead to more effective responses to safety issues in our area. Law enforcement is here to protect and serve and they do a terrific job at it. With our help, they can better understand the concerns of our business owners.
  2. Implement Security Measures: Depending on your business, consider investing in security measures such as surveillance cameras, alarm systems, and adequate lighting. These precautions can deter criminal activity and provide valuable evidence in case of incidents.
  3. Employee Training: Train your employees in safety protocols and emergency response procedures. Make sure they know how to handle various situations and how to contact the authorities if needed.
  4. Community Engagement: Actively engage with the community to promote a sense of unity and vigilance. Encourage employees and customers to report any suspicious activities promptly.
  5. Join Your Voice with Others: Become an active member of local business associations, such as the Alameda Chamber and Economic Alliance, the Downtown Association, and the West Alameda Business Association. These organizations provide resources, networking opportunities, and a collective voice to address safety concerns. Our voices are strong and valued and can help to amplify your own. Speaking of…

Join the Conversation on October 2

To address our concerns and take meaningful steps toward improving public safety in Alameda, we encourage all business owners to attend the Public Forum on October 2 at Cafe Jolie. Chief of Police Nishant Joshi will discuss current safety initiatives, listen to your concerns, and answer questions.

Date: October 2, 2023
Time: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Cafe Jolie

This forum presents a unique opportunity for us to come together as a community and collaborate with our local law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety and prosperity of Alameda. Your active participation can make a significant difference.

Public safety is not just a concern for our local government; it’s a responsibility that we, as business owners, share. By taking proactive measures and participating in community events like the upcoming discussion, we can help create a safer and more vibrant Alameda for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you on October 2 at Cafe Jolie.

Author: Diksha