Preventing Crime in your Retail Store
Theft and property damage costs retail stores billions of dollars each year. One study found that theft cost retail stores in the United States $32 billion in 2014. According to another study, similar crimes in Canada cost retailers $4 billion each year. These numbers make it clear that protecting your business from criminals and securing your property is crucial.
There are a number of different ways to secure your business. However, the most effect ways not only make it more difficult for criminals to commit crimes, but they actually deter criminals from even considering your store a target.
A lot of security technology is designed to be “hidden.” This includes surveillance cameras, alarm systems and other tools. While there are certainly benefits to these types of tools, it’s also important to install some visible security methods. Why? Because these tools cause criminals to think twice before committing a crime. They know that a property is protected and may move on to another location where theft will be easier.
Here are a few tips for deterring criminals with visible security methods.
Use Tougher Packaging
Difficult to open packaging, large packaging and other such packaging methods can deter criminals from attempting to steal property. This is especially helpful in reducing shoplifting. In many shoplifting cases, the criminal slides the item into a bag or coat and then leaves the store. Tough to maneuver packaging or packaging that is very large will reduce these crimes.
In addition, by using packaging that is more difficult to open, you deter criminals. If they are concerned that they will not be able to open the package or that they will risk damaging the merchandise in order to gain access to it, they will be less likely to attempt to steal from your store.
Avoid Blind Spots
Criminals want to work where they will not be seen. This is true whether they are attempting to shoplift from your store or break into it after hours. In order to deter criminals, it’s important to avoid blind spots at your property. This means installing lighting and cameras on the outside of your store and designing the layout of your location so that they do not have places to hide inside. Doing so can cause criminals to pick another target.
If you have security cameras, alarm systems and other tools up and running, let criminals know. Placing visible signs alerting them of your security methods can cause them to think twice and perhaps they will avoid striking your location.
Use Physical Security
Physical security tools deter criminals because they are tough to tamper with. For example, installing security gates on your store’s windows and doors makes smash and grab robberies much more difficult. Most criminals would rather strike a store that does not have these tools installed. By installing security gates, you are letting criminals know that your location is protected while also making crime tougher for those who may still try.
Inside your retail store, you can place valuable items behind gates or inside locked cabinets. This will reduce shoplifting and keep your store secure.
If you need help selecting a gate, please feel free to contact a member of our team. We’ll be more than happy to help you out in any way we can.