1) Invest in Security Updates for the Premises Spend a few moments to evaluate the safety of the premises. You might want to invest in updating the buildings current security measures. Here are a few aspects to survey and potentially fix: • Install a security system and put a warning on the window that you have one. Only give security codes to trusted employees as you needed. • Update the locks on the windows and doors. • Put television displays of the security feed in the main area. • Strategically mount mirrors to the wall to eliminate blind spots.
2) Monitor Feeds of Security Camera Try to regularly monitor the security feeds to keep an eye out on suspicious activities. Don’t hesitate to dive into the security if you suspect potential criminal activity may have occurred or may be an ongoing problem.
3) Respond To Crime Quickly The quicker you react to crime, the harder a target you will seem to other criminals. Report the crime to the police as soon as you or another employee knows about it. Once you have reported the damage to the police and you insurance company (if you have insurance), repair any damage caused to the premises immediately. The last thing you want is vandalism advertising to the neighborhood that you’re potentially an easy target.
4) Keep Track of Suspicious People Have employees report any suspicious activity. Suspicious activity could include: loitering in a group or alone, potential shoplifting (if you can’t prove they took something), paying a little too much attention to the security measures in the store. If the individual or individuals don’t seem to be shopping, it is within your right to ask them to leave.
5) Preventing Repeat Offenders You should also keep an eye out for identified thieves to make sure they don’t return to shoplift again. If you catch them shoplifting red-handed, you may not want to report first offenders to the police, but you can at least bar them from entering the premises in the future. If they insist on returning repeatedly despite your warning, you can file a restraining order to bar them from the premises.
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