As a business owner you of course want your business to be booming during the festive season. While this is a great time of year to capitalize on building up the bottom line for the company it is also the time of year when you need to be more vigilant with your security.
As you gear up to handle the Christmas rush now is also a good time to review your security measures. It is pretty easy to let these get outdated for a few reasons. It may be that you feel that you have not been suffering any loses throughout the year so why fix something if it isn’t broke? Or perhaps you just have not had the time or money to beef up your security and you are just hoping each day you don’t have to deal with any issues. While you may have been able to make it this far with no problems you and your business may be at greater risk throughout the festive season.
There are also several reasons why security is more vulnerable at this time of year. Some individuals are really hard up for money and are more vulnerable to committing crimes like theft and break in so they can meet the obligations of the season. Others see it as the golden opportunity to go about their nasty business of ripping other people off, because they are busier an don’t pay as much attention to security issues.
What you need to do first is make sure that all of the security equipment that you have in place now is in good working order. If you have a video surveillance system then make sure you start recording again, and either monitoring the cameras or at least reviewing the tapes.
If you have a security system in place are you making full use of it, or have you become complacent about setting the alarms at night because you never have any trouble? Also,bring your staff up to date on what security measures you have in place and make sure they know how to use them.
Then make sure you are not setting your retail shop up so it becomes a shop lifter’s dream. Expensive items should be might difficult to life. Truly interested customers don’t mind waiting for you to open the locked display cabinet to look at your goods. Make sure that you have a clear view of the entire store so there are no convenient places for shoplifters to go ahead and lift items even if they are inexpensive.
Most likely your employees are really busy throughout the day, but try to assign one of them to at least take on the role of security guard where they walk the premises of the store several times throughout the day so the impression is given that someone has an eye on what is happening in the store.
Just a few simple steps can set your business up from becoming a target for the types of crimes that take place at this time of year. Now might be a good time to call in the security experts at Pre-Lock so they can help you decide how to beef up your security.