The future direction of business security is rapidly evolving. As a business, you are undoubtedly a hot target for thieves and burglars. Often, businesses prioritize data and cyber crimes, focusing on data and information security.
But if you’re a business that caters to consumers who prefer shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, your property may be subjected to break-ins that could result in significant financial losses to your bottom line. If your stores carry expensive goods or equipment, it’s important to create a security strategy that bolsters your premises and reduces incidents of theft.
Having a robust and responsive security strategy will deter many potential burglars and ensure the safety and security of your business and its employees. Below, we highlight two key areas of your business that can employ effective security measures to prevent thefts and break-ins from occurring.
A key area of your business that must be strengthened is the point of entry. While for most, this means their front and rear entrances, it can also mean their windows. Many businesses often overlook windows as points of entry, which can be a terrible mistake.
Solutions to ensuring entry points are secure include adding covert alarms such as magnetic contacts to all points of entry and double or triple glazed windows, while securing doors with a strong, up-to-date lock. These can become important deterrents for would-be burglars as it sends a clear message that your business takes its security seriously.
These security solutions are relatively low cost, making them a cost-effective approach to deterring criminal activity.
The importance of attentive employees
Employees are also an essential element to preventing your business from becoming a victim of theft. Employees who provide excellent customer service and are helpful to customers deter shoplifters. Their attentive nature is a strong prevention strategy, all the while encouraging a positive sales experience.
Employees are also critical to ensuring that no discrepancies occur with inventory management. They are the last line of defense when your business closes up for the evening as they’re responsible for securing goods or documents with significant value at the end of the night.
The role of environmental design
Sound store design can do a lot to alleviate the risks of burglars targeting a store. The less blind spots there are for potential thieves and shoplifters, the less likely your store will be targeted.
Security mirrors in the interior and external security lights can bolster security when employees are engaged or the storefront has closed for the day.
Installing CCTV security cameras is a good start in decreasing potential losses attributed to theft. But, in today’s retail environment, CCTVs are not nearly enough. New security technologies exist today to catch shoplifters in the act and prevent possible theft when the business is closed.
When actively used in day-to-day operations, these technologies can improve security measures and even identify potential risks.
Facial recognition and video analytics are two examples of software that can provide real-time analysis of the events occurring in your store. Integrating facial recognition and video analytics into your security system enables your security team to identify and detect suspicious activity if and when it occurs.
Facial recognition software provides businesses with a database of known shoplifters or burglars in the event that they enter your premises. This allows your store’s manager or loss prevention agent to take the corrective measures and prevent shoplifting or break-ins.
Smartphones and tablets can do more than just manage your company’s social media accounts. They can be used in-store as a point-of-sale system to discourage theft.
Unlike traditional point-of-sale systems like static cash registers, mobile point-of-sales allows employees to actively remain attentive throughout the whole store. This allows employees to monitor all areas of the floor, which can be particularly useful in large stores with potential blind spots.
Cybersecurity training is crucial when employing mobile point-of-sale systems as such technologies can be at risk for cybersecurity threats and data breaches.
Don’t forget the obvious
While you can employ all the security measures to frustrate thieves and burglars, the most effective prevention technique your business can deploy is common sense. Carelessness can be incredibly detrimental to your security strategy.
A little foresight, planning and some common sense can prevent most burglaries and thefts and protect your business from becoming another statistic.
Michael Dunne created Safecell Security Ltd in 2001 and acquired Authorized Access in 2013. He is now Managing Director of both companies and oversees the strategic development and day to day running of the businesses. Michael has spent over 20 years in the security industry and specialises in the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Commissioning of electrical security systems such as Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV, Warden Control and Access Control and all Physical security including Key Cutting, Safe & Lock Picking, Suited Key Systems, Automated Barriers & Gates and Shutters, throughout the North West of England.