If you’ve taken the time to set up a retail business that you pour your heart and soul in, the last thing you want to overlook is the security. Small retail shops are prime targets for thieves and especially shoplifting gangs that work in a team to overwhelm, confuse and rob you blind. There are too many items, for you to keep an eye on all the time, and not enough employees can watch every customer who comes into your business. Small businesses whether solely online or in the real-world, all suffer from the vulnerability of being infiltrated and destroyed from the inside. That’s why it’s also a good idea to have staff on-site that can stand as a layer between you and your employees as well. The good news is, that with modern strategies your retail business can become more secure than in previous years.
Before anything, you should carry out a risk assessment to get a clear picture of what you might need to change. It always starts with identifying where the weak spots are, so try and put yourself in a thieve’s shoes. Don’t put the most valuable items, nears to the exit. Although this may be a good business move to advertise your best clothes to passersby, but thieves will be more enticed to grab and run with more expensive items nearest to the door. Make sure you cover any blind spots with mirrors attached to the walls, so if there is a corner that is obscured by a wall or a stack of clothes, without moving from the counter, you can still see what’s going on by looking at the opposite wall. Carry out a test of the camera system, i.e. is it able to switch cameras quickly, can you zoom in on customers, do you have alarm systems on your clothes and at the entrance of the store, etc. Continue reading