What type of store should consider security?
Many retail stores, regardless of where they are located or what type retail store all can be at risk of a smash and grab robbery, regardless of what merchandise they sell. Surely high priced items are commonly targeted but also quick fix cash, or easy to sell items for cash are also at great risks.
Crime is Unpredictable
Unfortunately assumptions regarding security are sometimes made based on location or past experience. “This is a safe neighbourhood,” or “we have never had a break in,” are common responses, but in reality that does not eliminate the risk.
Stores should be secured before smash and grab attempts are made.
Evaluate your store by asking:
- What risks, am I willing to take with my investment?
- How secure is my store right now?
- Are my doors properly secured?
- What would happen if my storefront windows shattered?
- Is there sufficient outside lighting?
- What does my store look like late at night?
- When last did I discuss security with your insurance company?
There are many security tools available and each has their own value, whether it be to alert a response team, view how and what they took or deters them from attempting.
Critical Points for Securing your Store
Alarm System – Proper alarm systems should be wireless with professional cellular monitoring, for quick police dispatch and notification to you. Sirens and or strobes interacting with alarm system brings attention to your store and rush the thieves.
Video Surveillance Systems – Invest in high quality and reliable video surveillance systems, police need clear images in order to help them find clues in hopes of apprehending the criminals. Quality video surveillance helps you with during store operations monitoring as well as after hours.
Physical Security – Look into options to best suit your retail environment and budget, roll down shutters or grilles are barely visible when not in use and provide a good strong visual deterrent, these are available in various colors and patterns, options of electric operated or manual. Discuss warranty, installation, delivery time and service requirements.
Scissor Style Folding Gates – Fold away security gates are a physical security gate that can roll away and fold aside when not in use during the day, and easily closes and locks when you need the visual and physical barrier to protect your store at night. Discuss warranty, installation and how quick it can be installed or delivered if you want to install yourself.
Steel Window Security Bars – Generally your local welding shop can build these permanent bars and install them usually on the outside of the windows. Although cost effective, they do not provide much protection for doors, and are obtrusive enough to discourage potential customers from entering or stopping at your store.
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