Public Safety and Retail Theft Resources

Retail crime jeopardizes the safety of employees and customers alike.

The Washington Retail Association (WR) advocates on behalf of retailers across the state, from the largest national chains to the smallest independent businesses. As stewards of Washington State’s retail experience, our goal is to protect retail jobs and the employers who provide them.

WR is committed to providing support to Washington State’s retailers, including our members and the industry as a whole. With the swell of retail thefts and the growing persistence of organized retail crime, WR stands ready to provide retailers with tools to protect their employees and customers while helping to safeguard their place of business.

Use the links below to download our free resource documents

Guide to Navigating Public Safety & Retail Crime

Introducing our comprehensive online resource guide: Guide to Navigating Public Safety & Retail Crime for retailers. This invaluable guide equips businesses of all sizes with practical tips and strategies to safeguard their employees, customers, and establishments. Download

Public Safety & Retail Crime Resource Links 

The ultimate companion to our Guide to Navigating Public Safety & Retail Crime.
This collection of curated links provides up-to-date information on pertinent topics that are crucial for ensuring the safety of your customers and employees, while safeguarding your brick-and-mortar business. Go to links page.

Witness Statement Forms

Keep copies of this witness statement handy for your employees and witnesses after a crime incident at your business. This comprehensive document equips law enforcement investigators and prosecuting attorneys with the essential facts required to apprehend and hold accountable the perpetrators responsible. Downloadable in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese.


Perimeter Security Design

Safeguard your business, customers, and employees with a robust perimeter security design. Access Chapter 4 of FEMA’s comprehensive guide, “Site and Urban Design for Security,” to gain valuable insights into fortifying your building and property. Discover effective strategies that not only enhance security but also contribute to aesthetically pleasing surroundings. Download

Site and Urban Design for Security

As part of FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security’s Risk Management Series, this comprehensive guide, “Site and Urban Design for Security,” is an exhaustive resource to safeguard your property from potential terrorist attacks and crime. With straightforward directions and expert insights, this guide equips you with essential knowledge to enhance security measures effectively. Download

Know Your Money

Most businesses aren’t aware that security threads in $100 bills glow pink under a UV light source. Per the Secret Service, relying solely on counterfeit bill detector pens may not provide adequate protection for your business. This insightful guide equips your business with all the necessary details to identify counterfeit bills and avoid accepting them. Stay informed and protect your business from fake currency with this valuable resource. Download in English, or Spanish.

Notice of No Trespass

In collaboration with leading loss prevention professionals, Washington Retail has developed a user-friendly Notice of No Trespass form. This form serves as a clear and concise means to inform individuals who are present on your property without permission. It is important to note that in Washington state, any violation of the terms stated in a no trespass warning notice is considered a criminal trespass under RCW 9A.52. Download PDF or Word doc.

Trespass Signage Templates

While businesses usually have open access to the public, operators and owners have the right to revoke that invitation. To effectively communicate this revocation and prompt immediate law enforcement action if needed, it is recommended to prominently display “Conditions of Entry” and “No Trespassing” signs on your property. These templates provide a convenient way to create appropriate signage for your place of business, ensuring clear communication of your property’s access policies. Download

Our Weekly Newsletter

Stay informed with the latest updates on public safety, retail theft, and organized retail crime (ORC) through the Inside Washington Retail newsletter. By joining our weekly email list using this link, you’ll gain access to valuable insights delivered straight to your inbox. Rest assured that we prioritize your privacy and promise not to sell your email to third parties or misuse the privilege of keeping you updated with relevant news from the retail industry. You have the freedom to unsubscribe at any time. Sign up.

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