A commercial robbery occurs every 4 seconds in America—that’s over 100,000 per year. For businesses, there are multiple ways that burglaries can occur—from criminals breaking during or after hours, to customers leaving the store with stolen merchandise, and even employees leaving with goods or products.
In order to protect your business, here are a few tips to make burglars think twice about targeting your store.
Install Adequate Lighting
Most burglars prefer to operate in anonymity. That’s why proper lightning and video cameras are extremely important pieces of securing your business. Ensure that all entrances and exits, parking lots, and areas inside your store working lights. Being lazy about replacing a burnt out bulb could place your business at risk.
Set Up Visible Cameras
Contrary to popular belief, the primary purpose of video cameras is to dissuade criminals, not to catch them after a crime has already taken place. Make sure to place your cameras in highly visible areas so that burglars understand that they are under surveillance. Whether the cameras are running or not, this can be the deciding factor for a criminal to target your business.
Drop Large Bills into a Safe Immediately
Another way to dissuade criminals is to publicize that your employees do not carry large bills. Set up a company policy that any bills over $20 are immediately dropped into a safe away from employees and customers. When robbers try to assess whether the risk is worth the reward of targeting your business, this policy may make them think twice.
Another way to ensure the safety of your employees, as well as curb potential employee theft, is by implementing a buddy system where at least 2 people close up every night. Preferably, one of those two people is a manager with at least 1-2 years of experience at your store. Even the most trustworthy employee may succumb to the desire to skim a few dollars off the top if they are alone putting the money away for the night. Also, your business is much more vulnerable if there is only one employee in the store at a given time.
As an owner of a business, following these tips can be crucial to the safety of your customers and employees. If you are interested in learning more about our private security services, contact us today!