community & store safety

From our stores to the communities where we do business, we work hard and partner with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of our guests and our team members.

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working together

For over 25 years, we have connected with public safety agencies through our Target & BLUETM program to build relationships and promote efforts that enhance neighborhood safety. Our commitment to creating strong, healthy and safe cities is alive today because of the dedication our team members have to their communities.

Each year, Target teams share information, expertise and resources with public safety agencies to support initiatives that keep our cities safe. Whether our teams are volunteering their time at neighborhood events or connecting local organizations with communities through programs like Heroes & Helpers, we are focused on helping our cities make strides toward a higher standard of safety.

heroes and helpers event

heroes & helpers

Our annual December Heroes & Helpers events are another way Target teams support and bring joy to their local neighborhoods. These events promote positive interactions between youth and the public safety officials from their neighborhoods by pairing them together for holiday shopping sprees in many of our stores.

As part of the program, public safety and city agencies work together to select the children participating in the events. The kids are then provided with donated funds raised by the partner organizations to help them get gifts and other items they may need.

Throughout December 2017, Target teams across the U.S. worked with agencies to host over 275 events in our stores, creating some holiday magic for underserved kids and their families.

public safety-focused grants

Through our Community Engagement Fund (CEF) grants, we also provide public safety agencies and their 501c3 partner organizations with support for crime prevention projects, programs, and events. These grants are managed locally by our field teams, and interested agencies should contact their nearest Target store or distribution center’s Assets Protection team to further discuss the potential for public safety-focused funding.

learn more about public safety grants

 

our forensics services labs

First opened in 2003, the Target Forensic Services Laboratory maintains two ASCLD/LAB accredited facilities (one in Minneapolis and one in Las Vegas) specializing in latent print, video, and audio analysis. Our labs provide forensic science support for internal and external investigation partners, including some pro-bono assistance to domestic law enforcement agencies.

learn more about our forensic labs

secure, inside and out

At Target, we believe the first step to building safer neighborhoods begins in our stores. From developing public safety partnerships to utilizing technology and strategic store designs, we take a multi-layered approach to security that helps us be better neighbors to our communities.

As part of this approach we created a “safe and secure toolbox” that utilizes innovative tactics and store design elements to mitigate crime and protect our guests and team members. A few of the toolbox features include:

Outside

  • Strategic parking lot lighting and landscaping that deters crime by increasing visibility.
  • Big, red concrete balls in front of many stores to protect guests by making it harder for cars to drive onto the curb.
  • A no solicitation policy to provide guests with a distraction-free shopping environment.

Inside

  • Merchandise protection strategies to prevent theft and keep items well stocked.
  • Friendly service from our team members to foster a safe, enjoyable shopping experience for guests.
  • Specially designed shopping carts that are more difficult to tip over.

our position on firearms in stores

While we continue to follow local laws regarding "open carry" policies, we also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target, even in communities where it’s permitted. Your cooperation helps us fulfill our goal to create an atmosphere of family-friendly shopping that’s safe and inviting for our guests and team members.  

see more information about our policy