After our company headquarters was robbed for the fifth time, I decided we needed to do a little better at bolstering security. Instead of relying on a few measly cameras and a security guard that was distracted most of the time, we installed a state-of-the-art security system and focused on eliminating inherent security threats. It took a lot of work, but after a few weeks we could tell that our efforts were really helping. We were able to thwart a potential robbery, which made me feel better about the investment. Check out this blog for more ideas on improving your business security.
It's estimated that retailers lose nearly $45 billion to shoplifting each year, and no business is immune. If you own a retail business, you're probably losing some money to shoplifting and employee theft. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your inventory and prevent losses. Following are four security tactics that will make shoplifters hate your store and choose other stores to steal from. The key is to make shoplifting at your store less appealing and more risky.
One of the best ways to prevent shoplifting is to increase your visibility. No, you can't be everywhere at all times. However, you can make it seem like you are. Install cameras and mirrors in strategic places. And don't be shy about it! Make sure cameras and other security measures are clearly visible. You should use signs to alert customers to your security measures.
Also, increase your presence through great customer service. Have your team greet all customers and converse with them regularly.
Before you can combat shoplifting, you have to understand it. Familiarize yourself with the methods that people in your area use to steal merchandise, including stashing away merchandise, switching labels, and false returns. Keep your eye out for suspicious activity. For example, a customer that continuously watches the cashier may be up to something. Also look for places that people can hide merchandise, such as in a stroller or over-sized handbag.
It's easier to steal merchandise from a crowded, poorly organized store. To make stealing more difficult, organize your merchandise into neat rows, making sure that there aren't any spots that employees can't see from their workstations. Strive to keep all product pulled toward the front of the shelves. This makes it easier for employees to see that something has been removed from the shelf.
A security guard or loss-prevention officer can go a long way in preventing theft. Additionally, the presence of an officer also makes it less likely that customers will get into altercations with either you, your employees, or another shopper.
There are many things you can do to minimize and prevent shoplifting in your store. The key is to make it harder for customers to shoplift by making it easier for them to get caught. If shoplifters fear getting caught in your store, they will be less likely to try to steal something to begin with. Contact a business, such as S&S Security Services, for more information.Share
17 May 2016