Business Watch Program

The City of Downey’s Business Watch Program was developed to serve as a tool for businesses who seek  information on reducing the chances of becoming a victim of a crime. 

Through the Business Watch Program, merchants learn crime prevention techniques and strategies that help reduce business-related crime. 

The program also helps business owners become familiar with resources available from the Downey Police Department.  

The Business Watch Program focuses on teaching employees how to be observant and aware. Trained employees are a business’ front line and a great resource to deter crime. 

The Business Watch Program offers free quarterly training seminars to businesses in the City of Downey. Quarterly seminar topics will be offered in areas including, but not limited to:

Active Shooter Training False Identification Identify theft Fraud

 Robbery Prevention Credit Card Fraud Building Security

 Shoplifting Prevention Merchandise Display and Layout 

If there are any topics you would like to learn about, please fill out the Business Watch Survey

Business Watch Quarterly Seminars will take place at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the Council Chambers, located in City Hall, 11111 Brookshire Ave, Downey, Ca 90241 on:

Next Seminar to take place on Thursday, October 10, 2019

Please RSVP no later than October 8, 2019


(Note all materials covered at each seminar will be listed below each date)

Past Business Watch Quarterly Seminars

Thursday, January 10, 2019

To view training videos, click on links for:

To register for Smart911, click on image below

To download the City of Downey App, click on either the android or apple icon


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fraud Brochure

The seminar topics may be tailored to the specific needs of the businesses who participate, upon receiving feedback or suggestions.  Review Business Watch Program brochure for more information. 

Business Watch Handbook

This handbook has been designed to assist you, the business owner, in learning crime prevention techniques to reduce opportunities for crime in your business. 

Every facet of crime prevention, from burglary to stolen credit cards, is contained in a separate section for quick, easy reference.

At the end of each section, there are preventive tips which may be reproduced for use in training your employees.


Any questions on the Business Watch Program can be sent to or contact 562.904.7284.