Storefront Safety Assistance Program
The safety and well-being of downtown, its employees and residents is a top priority. During this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, our field services teams – both Maintenance and Guides – will continue to provide essential activities to ensure downtown remains “clean and safe.” However, ensuring a safe downtown environment requires the support of everyone.
To encourage proactive security measures, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership has developed a set of Storefront Security Standards with support from security and law enforcement professionals. Designed to deter nuisance behavior and property crime of ground-floor businesses, individual property and business owners that sign up, agree to and comply with the recommended standards will be eligible to apply for grants from our new Storefront Safety Assistance Program.
If a participating business is the victim of vandalism or property damage resulting from criminal behavior, they will be eligible for a grant from the Downtown Sacramento Partnership to directly cover the cost of their insurance deductible or storefront repair, up to $1,500 per incident.
Register Now To Participate
Participating in the Downtown Storefront Assistance Program is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Download the Storefront Security Standards guide.
- Implement all Security Standards.
- Once all items have been completed, initial and sign the guide and email to [email protected].
Grant Eligibility Requirements
- Be a ground-floor business located within the 66-block district managed by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.
- Be registered in the Storefront Safety Assistance Program at least 5 days prior to the incident.
- Be in compliance with Storefront Security Standards.
- Execute the post-incident action plan and agree to prosecute any and all subjects arrested for damage or breach of business.
- Provide invoices of documentation of the deductible amount OR cost of repair from a local licensed vendor.
- Have a lease term through December 31, 2020.
- Be current on lease payments through March 1, 2020.
Registered businesses in the Storefront Safety Assistance Program that provide all the necessary eligibility documentation will be eligible for financial assistance to offset the cost of recovery from street-facing physical damage resulting from criminal behavior.
Grants may only be used to pay the cost of insurance deductibles or repairs, up to $1,500. Payments will be made directly to an insurance company or local vendor for repair. It is the responsibility of the business to provide all necessary documentation to process payment, including a W9. The maximum amount per grant is $1,500 per incident.
Storefront Security Guidelines
The following standards have been developed in coordination with security and law enforcement professionals to reduce incidents of vandalism and other property crimes.
- Provide Downtown Sacramento Partnership with 24-hour contact information (email and phone).
- Complete and email Downtown Sacramento Partnership this Trespass Notice form to be utilized in case of emergencies.
- Provide proof of current insurance.
- Confirm property is secured and all windows, doors, and entry points are locked.
- 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 all interior and exterior lights on to maintain clear sight lines for nighttime 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.
- Additional location-specific security practices may be required to be eligible for grants.
Post Incident Action Plan
In the event of vandalism or damage, you must:
- File a Police Report immediately upon identification of property breach or vandalism.
- Email Downtown Sacramento Partnership within 24-hours and provide the following: date of the incident, description of the incident with an estimated cost of loss, SacPD report number.
- Provide insurance claim documentation (if applicable).
- Comply with all Sacramento County District Attorney Office requests to prosecute in the event of an arrest.
- Repair any externally visible damage within 72-hours with a local licensed vendor.
- Address any additional security measures identified.
- Share security video footage or photos of suspects to the Sacramento Police Department and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.
This program will remain in place through June 30, 2020. Beginning July 1, 2020, the program will be renewed quarterly as funding permits. Businesses participating in the Storefront Safety Assistance Program must apply for grants within 48 hours of the damage incident. Grant requests will be awarded by the Public Space Services Director within 5 business days of receipt.
To be eligible beyond July 1, 2020, businesses must renew their participation in the Storefront Safety Assistance Program, including any updates to contact information, quarterly.
Public Safety Webinar
Join the weekly downtown storefront safety webinar featuring representatives from the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Sacramento Police Department, and the District Attorney’s office. This open panel provides a chance for you to voice your concerns and ask questions regarding the downtown core. Email [email protected] to sign up!