Business Watch Program
Business Watch is a program that started in November of 2005 through the initiative of a local businesswoman, Susan Reynolds, who had seen a similar program in another part of South Carolina. The Greenville Police Department developed a unique program that includes weekday emails to city businesses that have signed up for the program, and participants receive an e-newsletter that details Part I type crimes such as armed robbery, burglary, autobreaking and auto theft that have been reported in the city. Additionally, a crime analyst for the Police Department includes a synopsis that details current crime patterns in neighborhoods and in the business community, reviews arrests made and shares progress in investigative cases. Business Watch members also receive “Wanted” fliers and fliers that detail crime patterns that affect city residents, such as scam artists and unidentified criminals from surveillance videos.
The Business Watch program has been well received by the business community and by members of the Greenville Police Department. Police investigators say that tips from the program have led to arrests in major cases such as an autobreaking series and thefts from businesses on Augusta Road. The program currently boasts over 1,500 members and other law enforcement agencies have been trained by the Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit because they have expressed an interest in starting programs of their own. The City of Anderson currently operates a Business Watch program.
View a sample issue of the Business Watch e-newsletter
For additional information, contact the Business Watch Coordinator at 864-467-5475.
It's Easy to Sign Up
If you are a licensed business within the city limits of Greenville, you may use the email form below.
Please include within your email the following information:
- Name of Business
- Full street address
- Name and title of contact person
- Phone number and email address