Open and Empty Program

CRIME Prevention

Open and Empty Program Registration Forms

A review of crime statistics revealed that the majority of all business burglaries occur with the intent of removing the cash from registers. At retail establishments, the most common method of forced entry is to smash out the front glass door or front window(s). With this common method of entry in mind, the Margate Police Department has implemented a VOLUNTARY and FREE program called, “Open and Empty.” 

This program consists of business owners or managers ensuring the following efforts are being made to help deter a burglary to their property:
  • At the close of business each day, ensure that all cash registers are emptied of currency and financial institution checks and removed from the business.
  • The empty register drawers are then placed in plain-view where it can clearly be seen from the front door or windows.
  • The Margate Police Department is providing all businesses participating in this program with an “Open and Empty” decal. The decal should be installed in the front of the business indicating that the establishment participates in the program and no cash is left on the premises.

To learn more about this program please feel free to Contact the Community Relations Division at: 954-972-7111 or Email: