LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — With so many small businesses across the valley forced to shut their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic, many business owners fear there could be looters or vandals. Now, the city of Las Vegas is helping those business owners keep their storefronts safe.
Many businesses in downtown have already closed their doors using plywood as protection, even choosing to paint their boarded-up storefronts with hopeful messages.
"We really want to make sure that Vegas stays beautiful," says Carolyn Wheeler with the Downtown Vegas Alliance.
However, for some businesses, this costs money at a time where they don't have much to spare.
City officials and security experts are sharing tips with business owners on ways to keep their storefronts safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it's surveillance cameras, security guards, or even through neighborhood watch groups.
After working for years to revitalize downtown, the city says they are doing everything to can to help keep these businesses from boarding up permanently.
Downtown businesses can apply for a grant to help them pay for boarding-up their doors and painting their storefront - this can free up some finances for other security measures. You can find the details on how to apply for the Business Protection Program grant here.