When it comes to break-ins, every business is at risk, which is why having the adequate security measures in place is so important. Of all business types, it’s retail businesses that seem to be targeted most by thieves and other intruders, which is why it’s crucial that you know how to properly protect your retail business and keep yourself and your employees safe.
If there is one cost that you don’t want to put off, it’s the cost of having adequate security measures in place. It might be expensive to make your retail business more secure, but the fact is that it’s a necessary investment, as you can’t put a price on yours’ and your team members’ safety, now can you?
To help you ensure that your retail business is as safe and secure as possible, below are some pieces of advice that security experts swear by.
Have CCTV fitted that covers every inch of your premises
If there’s one mistake that you can make when it comes to CCTV is having a blind spot. If there is a blind spot in your store, you can guarantee that it will be found and taken advantage of. So it’s important to make sure that every inch of your premises has CCTV cameras covering it so that any suspicious behavior will be caught on camera.
It’s also a good idea to invest in security cameras that are fitted flat to the ceiling and can’t be twisted around, as that way intruders have no way of hiding from the cameras.
Store cash safely out of sight
A lot of thieves are opportunists, so what you don’t want to do is draw attention to any earnings that you have stored in your shop. So it’s a good idea to find a way to safely store any money out of sight securely. One option for this is to invest in a safe; another is to use a Counter Cache bin, that fits down by the till out of sight.
The important thing is that you are not letting people see your money, as studies have shown that most thieves only steal when tempted by a certain factor, such as seeing the funds or noticing that a security camera is turned the other way.
Have a panic button installed
Not to scare you, but sometimes it’s not possible to use the phone to contact the police about a problem, as you don’t want to aggravate the thief or intruder anymore. In these instances, having a panic button installed can be useful, so that you can press it without drawing attention to what you are doing and let the police know that there is a problem.
To ensure that you can disarm an intruder, should you need to, it’s worth taking a self-defence class. A lot of business owners now choose to put their team members through self-defence classes, so that they know how to protect themselves, should they need to.
If you are going to stay safe while at work, it’s important to know how to protect your business, yourself, and your team.