We can overlook potential security risks easily as we become complacent with security systems; once alarms and surveillance cameras are in use we feel protected and secure.
David, the owner of a small electronics store contacted us after his store was broken into for the 3rd time in just one year. He had an alarm system and surveillance system but was frustrated that he was still being targeted. After discussing the previous break ins with us, we reviewed how easy they broke the glass on the doors and how unbelievably quick they grabbed his merchandise and were gone. Our philosophy to securing a store or building is to layer the security. The alarm and surveillance systems are a necessity, however visual and physical security is very much needed as well.
We could see that alarm and surveillance systems do not actually provide any real protection. You don’t need to go beyond the name to see what alarm systems are used to for, alarming you and responders that a breech has occurred, and be aware. The video surveillance systems will at times be a deterrent for opportunistic criminals, but often they don’t because they do not provide a real physical deterrent. These systems simply monitor activity and provide you or the law officials with footage of events. Although we highly recommended alarm and surveillance systems, they do not provide the level of physical security often needed today.
David’s store has not been targeted since the installation of scissor gates inside of his storefront windows and doors. However, security doesn’t stop there. Opportunistic criminals will always look for quick easy undetected opportunities to gain access to your business.
10 not-so-obvious security considerations.
- Outside garbage bins should be fastened to the ground, to prevent using as a tool to break the storefront.
- Garbage containers should be kept away from the building, so that they are not used for climbing onto the roof or over walls, doorways etc.
- Small planters also should not be left outside when store is closed for business, these too become projectiles.
- Vehicles should not have the ability to park beside the building as they are used for climbing.
- Roof top ventilation systems should be inspected regularly making sure no tampering is being done and they are bolted or locked to prevent access through the ventilation ducts.
- Keep watch that no loose rocks are laying around outside, rock gardens are easy to maintain but also easily provide the tool a criminal needs to smash a storefront window.
- Keep some lights on inside, this helps police or passersby see unusual activity.
- Keep empty cash register drawers open when store is closed.
- Do not cover windows with signage; police will not be able to see inside.
- Control who has access to your office, stock room, and shipping area.
Physical security products that will help deter a smash and grab break in, should have a visual presence.
Security products that have a visual presence such as:
- Outside mounted roll down security shutters or grilles
- Inside mounted top track aluminum folding closures
- Inside mounted scissor style security gates.
All of those options work well to both visually deter the opportunistic criminal, as well as provide a physical barrier to slow down or restrict access to your property.
Protecting your investment is important, network with neighboring businesses, review your security regularly, and test to make sure all security systems and devices are in working order.
For more tips on layering security, download our 10 Critical Points to Securing your Store, your Employees, and your Goods eGuide.