Retail Security: Keep It Local, Keep It Safe
From shoplifting to employee theft, retail stores can face crime on a number of fronts. Keeping track of all of them is a daunting task because you can’t be in two or more places at the same time. But with the right retail security tools and the right help, you can reduce property crime and vandalism considerably.
According to Forbes, retailers had a 26.5% increase in organized retail crime incidents in 2021, and the FBI reported that from 2018 to 2020 assaults in grocery stores rose by 63 percent, and in convenience stores by 75 percent. Scary stuff.
Retail businesses are often a cornerstone of their communities. But in order to foster a good relationship with the neighborhood, they need to be welcoming and a safe place to do business.
Unfortunately, small businesses are all too often the target of thieves and victims of vandalism and other crimes. Let’s look at some business security tips for a retail business that can keep you and your customers safe, but also keeps your doors open for business.
A Security Plan
The first step in protecting any retail business is to create a comprehensive security plan. Any plan should outline the security measures you will take to prevent theft and other security breaches, as well as procedures you will follow in the event of a security incident. It should include keeping the store well-lit, making sure all cash is secured, and installing a comprehensive retail security system including surveillance cameras and an access control system.
One of the most effective ways to deter theft and other crimes in a retail environment is to install security cameras. It’s important to install them in strategic locations around the store, such as near cash registers and other high-traffic areas. Cameras should be monitored and recordings kept as a record should anything happen.
Cameras also help to deter employee theft. Employee theft makes up as much as 25% of stolen property from retail stores and according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 75% of employees have stolen from their employer at least once.
Another important aspect of a security system in a retail setting is a solid access control system. One that can check the IDs of employees and limits access to restricted areas of the store to authorized personnel only. Also, it’s best to install a system that controls customer access to higher-value items and products frequently targeted by thieves.
Retail Security System – Protect What Matters
A security system, professionally installed and monitored by trained personnel is an important part of protecting your retail property, community, and your bottom line. By creating a comprehensive security plan, installing security cameras, and controlling store access, you can deter theft and create a safer, more secure environment for your customers and employees.
As a 100% employee-owned business, Security First Alarm King is a local company, factory trained and certified technicians, with decades of experience we can help guide you through the process of designing and installing a security solution for your retail store. One that will protect your property, your products, your workers, and your peace of mind. Call Security First Alarm King today at 559-734-776 for a free security assessment of your retail store.
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