Prevention strategies that make thieves think twice

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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

  1. Review all your stock to establish the items thieves might target.
  2. Identify the techniques thieves may use to steal them. (Smash and grab, lock cutting, disarming alarms etc.)
  3. 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.

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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.