Prevention strategies that make thieves think twice
Thefts are the number one loss that businesses face but they’re also the one they have the best chance of preventing. Here’s a short guide on protecting your business against theft.
Thieves target items that are transportable, in demand and easily sold for cash, like: alcohol, power tools, ATMs, ATVs, lawn and garden equipment, cigarettes and truck tires. Though a little foresight, planning and imagination you can design a loss prevention strategy to protect your stock. It’s not even necessarily about high-tech security but simply making it difficult for thieves to steal.
Three steps to an effective prevention strategy
- Review all your stock to establish the items thieves might target.
- Identify the techniques thieves may use to steal them. (Smash and grab, lock cutting, disarming alarms etc.)
- Figure out how to best prevent the loss.
Step three can be done in a number of ways, depending on the type of stock, techniques identified in step two, and your current theft protection strategies.
Consider these strategies:
- Prevent smash and grabs by keeping items away from windows and doors
- Don’t keep too much merchandise in your sales area
- Secure stock with locks, chains and closed loop alarm cables
- Keep stock in a secure, indoor location overnight.
- Install monitored burglar alarms with motion sensors, glass breakage sensors, and door contacts.
- Install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
- Install fog security.
- Alarm your fence compounds.
- Keep lights on overnight.
- Install exterior lighting.
- Install security bars or security film on windows.
Implementing one or more of these strategies will help protect your merchandise, profits and business.