Broward Businesses Leave Their Registers Open & Empty

November 17, 2008

Broward Businesses Leave Their Registers Open & Empty

By placing a sticker in the window of Scott Pizzatti’s Pizza Friday in Deerfield Beach, BSO Deputy Jeremy Hansen helped launch the agency’s newest crime prevention program.

The Open & Empty program, which was modeled off of similar programs in use in Palm Beach County, is aimed at after-hours burglaries to businesses that have cash registers. The premise is simple. Before locking up each night, business owners empty their cash drawers of money and then leave them open and in plain view.

A sticker on the front door or window lets would-be burglars know that there is no cash to steal.

Caption: BSO Deputy Jeremy Hansen, who suggested starting the Open & Empty in Broward County after seeing it at work in Palm Beach County, stands with the owners of Scotti Pizzatti’s Pizza in Deerfield Beach. The restaurant has been hit by burglars twice this year. Though the owners already take the money from their register each night, they had to replace the front door that was shattered in the burglary.

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