Keeping your Property Safe
The top priority for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership right now is the health and well-being of downtown, its employees and residents. During this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, our field services teams – both Maintenance and Guides – will continue to provide essential activities in compliance with the public health order issued by Sacramento County to ensure downtown remains “clean and safe.” We play a critical role in the effort to keep our community safe and stop the spread of COVID-19.
Visit our resource page for updated information and resources.
UPDATED SERVICE HOURS
Effective immediately, our field services teams will deploy on a modified schedule, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7 days per week, focusing on litter removal and sanitization of high-traffic areas, including handrails, trash receptacles, non-removable public furniture, and door handles. We remain diligent in monitoring storefront safety working closely with the Sacramento Police patrol officers to proactively check on downtown properties. Similarly, we are working closely with the City of Sacramento Office of Emergency Management and homeless service providers to share resources and self-care direction to homeless individuals. Please maintain safe distances between each other and our staff if you see them out in the field. They are working for all of us.
For active vandalism and/or personal safety issues, contact 9-1-1.
- To report an issue related to cleanliness or safety, contact our dispatch team at 916-442-2200 during service hours or leave a message for non-urgent issues.
- After hours, please contact the Sacramento Police Department’s non-emergency line at 916-808-5471 or 3-1-1, as appropriate.
- For questions about our field services deployment, email Public Space Services Director Dion Dwyer. You can also reach out directly to Capt. Leong at [email protected] or Lt. Sood at [email protected].
TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PROPERTY SECURE
If you close and/or vacate your business for an extended period of time, follow these important steps for crime prevention.
- Email us with contact information (email and phone). We encourage you to also complete and email us this Trespass Notice form to be utilized in case of emergencies.
- Do not post an exterior sign to notify long term closures to avoid attracting negative activity at your business.
- If you post an exterior sign to notify customers you are closed, use this standard window signage from the Sacramento Police Department. Be sure to include contact information on the back, interior-facing side.
- Tape an interior-facing phone contact list at all entry and exits into your business to provide quick contacts for first responders. This should not be visible from the exterior.
- Do not pull your shades, board up windows or obscure the view into your business and keep the lights on to maintain clear sightlines for patrols.
- Empty cash drawers and clearly display facing windows to alert thieves there is no cash.
- Notify your alarm company of your extended absence and ensure they have accurate contact information for your business. If you receive an alarm call, do not cancel it.
- Check your business regularly – at least 1-2 times per week – to ensure that it is secure.
These are uncertain times, but even in the face of adversity, the downtown community is in this together. Please continue to safely support our businesses, encourage each other to follow guidelines in place, share resources, and look forward to recovery.
PUBLIC SAFETY UPDATE
Whenever federal, state, or local authorities declare a state of emergency, the criminal penalties for common shoplifting and theft are greatly enhanced under California’s looting law. California Penal Code section 463 makes violations of this law punishable criminally by incarceration in county jail prison for up to three years and a fine of up to $10,000, with a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in county jail. The statute applies to any person entering any building or structure with the intent to steal any property, no matter its value. Learn more here.
For clarity on recent rumors about law enforcement’s role during the County’s “Stay at Home” order, watch this video message from Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn.
In an effort to keep our downtown businesses, employees and customers safe in today’s environment, we are conducting webinars on a weekly basis for best practices to help mitigate issues within the downtown environment. We will be joined by representatives from the Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office to provide real world examples and answer your questions. Make sure you are signed up to receive our e-newsletters for invites.