Security solutions for the retail industry over the Christmas period
During the Christmas period, crime, and more specifically shoplifting, dramatically increases. In 2015 the annual cost of retail crime soared to £613 million. This rise was largely caused by an increase in organised crime gangs specifically targeting retail chains in the hunt for expensive designer and luxury goods.
In order to protect your business and even your staff members over the Christmas period, it is vital that security measures are in place and are kept well maintained and up to date. By increasing or implementing new security strategies during this time of year you could further protect the business and staff, helping to deter shoplifters from targeting your store in the first place.
What security should I have in place?
There are several simple security tasks that can be easily implemented and will provide numerous benefits to your business. By installing security cameras and burglar alarms, this will prevent unauthorised access from being granted to the building at times when the business is closed, as well as providing video evidence of anyone attempting to break in or access restricted areas.
Security measure like these however are not always enough to deter burglars and some may still attempt to shoplift from your store. One way to increase security in your store is to utilise your staff members. Have them dotted around the store, approaching customers to see whether they can be of assistance, this lets anyone who may have been planning on shoplifting know that they are being monitored.
By increasing security measures such as access control, this can help to prevent restricted areas from being accessed by unauthorised personnel, helping to protect any cash or important documents stored, as well as your stock.
Increasing security around the cash desk area will always provide benefits. Installing counter caches to store banknotes in instead of within the till will not only reduce the risk of a higher loss should someone attempt to steal from the till, but it will also ensure the protection of staff members as they can’t retrieve the deposited cash.
Using counterfeit banknote detectors won’t necessarily stop shoplifting directly, however, it will help to drastically reduce the number of fake notes accepted over the Christmas period which will, in turn, reduce the businesses losses.
Simple checks to ensure are made weekly should be making sure that all security systems are working as they should be, as well as making sure there aren’t any easy access points or areas which aren’t covered by your security measures.
Higher security measures to consider
Although all the above security measures would provide a wide range of benefits for your business, it is always important to assess the possible damage that could be caused and take further steps to ensure protection against this. By installing either a safe, for the safe keeping of any cash or valued items or even a secure cabinet for the protection of documents this will help to ensure the most valued or important items remain safe.
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