Securing Your Retail Business from Theft and Other Criminal Activity
One of the biggest problems that retail businesses — in the U.S. and other countries around the world — face is theft. Stealing is not an act exclusive to common criminals. In many cases, a company has to deal with employee theft or pilferage, as well. To eliminate the threat of theft in your retail store, here are some things you need to take note of:
Use locks wherever possible
Some retail items can be locked in place, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. You may want your store to look friendly by allowing customers to try your items, but don’t forget about security. Attach stickers or tags on your items to trigger sensors if somebody takes them out without paying. These sensors are common in clothing stores, but are applicable to any type of business. If possible, make it so that if someone steals your product, they cannot use it without the other pair. For example, display only the half of each pair of shoes.
Keep areas well lighted
It may not be enough to use ordinary light bulbs that barely illuminate an area. Make sure all areas are bright enough to discourage potential crooks. AMPRO and other experts noted that commercial lighting is now shifting from traditional to LED lights, which is brighter yet more energy efficient. From your parking to your warehouse, lights are more effective in deterring criminal activity.
Hire only trained security personnel
Trained security personnel can spot bad intentions quickly and reliably. Don’t simply rely on people you happen to know — like when a relative asks for a job — to perform security duties unless they’re truly qualified. This is a job for professionals who can react fast and make your business safer.
Install HD CCTV cameras
Many substandard CCTVs are in the market today and while it might be tempting to buy foreign-made products, these may not capture clear pictures. Clarity is important if you want to help the police find a criminal, or if you want your footage to be used as evidence. Install your cameras where they can “see” a wide area, but not where they are easy to reach. Make them visible enough, as cameras also act as deterrents.
Treat your employees well
When you treat your employees fairly, they are less likely to steal from you as a form of payback. Treating them well may not ensure their loyalty, neither will paying them more than their counterparts in the industry. Doing the opposite, however, almost ensures that they’ll punish you in some way. In most cases, they see theft and sabotage as the most effective way.
These are only some of the ways to make your business safer from theft and other criminal activity. Follow them as soon as possible.