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May 14, 20130 Comments

Running a busy store is not without its stresses. There are plenty of things to worry about every day and there’s a never-ending ‘to do’ list to battle through. The last thing you want to deal with is theft in your shop – you work hard to earn the money you do and nobody wants a thief to get the better of them. There are several things you can do to protect your shop’s security and it’s something that you should give serious thought to if you don’t want to come unstuck.

We’ll give you a few tips on how to increase your shop’s security – consult with your local police station too to see what they suggest.

Security Is Paramount

Obviously it should go without saying that you should have a failsafe security system to protect the building when you are not there. Locks should be completely robust and reliable and you should think about having an alarm system fitted. But also consider what happens when the shop is open. Do members of staff leave back doors open? Anybody could cruise in and help themselves so it may be time to review your security procedures.

Lockable Cabinets

Unfortunately shoplifting is one of the most common crimes there are. It’s also very hard to detect until long after it has happened and unless you can afford CCTV or a store detective you will lose out. Don’t make it easy for thieves to walk in and help themselves. Make sure all your valuable stock is displayed in lockable display cabinets that can only be opened by a member of staff. Genuine customers will not mind asking at all, and thieves will give up and move on to somewhere else in search of an easier target.

Regular Stock Takes

Sadly many shoplifting occurrences turn out to be an inside job. Make sure you do regular stock takes listing exactly how much of everything you have, so that if things start to disappear you are made aware of it.

Roller Shutters

Roller shutters are a good way of reinforcing your shop’s security overnight when you are not there. They pull down in front of the windows adding an extra lockable layer to your security. It also helps to protect the windows from being smashed by drunks and vandals. You can put one across the back door too. They are quite expensive to fit but you will save money on your insurance as added security brings the premium down. And you’ll save yourself a lot of bother in the long run dealing with break-ins and damage.

The key to security is to always have an eagle eye. It’s really easy to be too trusting but very soon your good nature will be taken advantage of. Keep your wits about you and make sure every member of staff knows the security procedures. Work in close contact with the police and it’s also a great idea to buddy up with other shop owners – they’ll be happy to look out for you in return for you doing the same for them.

Don’t let the criminals win!

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The author of this post, Ian Stephen, is an interior designer specialising in shop fittings and office fitouts. Ian works with SpaceWall Industries, a leading store fittings company based in Victoria.


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