When it comes to security for our property, whether it is a business or our home, most of us just think about keeping thieves and burglars away with alarms, surveillance cameras and of course security rails and shutters like those made by Cancelletto. It goes without saying that all those things are essential for a property’s security, however, focusing on them can create a small problem of perspective. Focusing on perimeter security and security systems is like seeing the forest, but not the trees.
What I mean by that, is that those security measures are ideal for protecting your property from invasions and damaging burglaries, but they are not the only measures that you can take to prevent thefts. What I mean by that, is that there are things that you can to make your property even less appealing to thieves, or to dramatically limit and reduce the damage that thieves and burglars can cause.
Those tips are mostly aimed at people who own small businesses and stores, and they help them protect themselves from petty thieves and shoplifters, as well as from burglars and other criminals. They are very simple and they will help you make your business as secure as possible, whether you are in it or not. Let’s start!
- Never leave cash in the registry
Most store owners and managers like to have some loose change and petty cash lying around. This is a huge mistake. The vast majority of thefts and break ins is carried out by desperate people who are in great need of cash, usually to buy drugs or to pay off debts. For those people, cash is by far the best loot and there is no such thing as petty cash or “change” for them. If they know that you have some cash lying around, even if you think that it is very little or even not enough. Having people breaking into your property and causing hundreds of dollars worth of damage, is certainly worse than carrying with you some petty cash when you close shop, right? The same goes for your home though. NEVER keep large amount of cash at home, regardless of how well you think you have hidden it.
- Never leave valuable items in your window display
The point of having a window display is to show your merchandise to potential customers, but if said merchandise is expensive, then perhaps it shouldn’t be on display, as it is essentially a bullseye for potential thieves and burglars. Now, this can be a problem if your store sells expensive stuff, like jewellery and tablets or smart phones. Don’t worry though, there is something that you can do to display those items, without worrying about them getting stolen: you can use replicas, which will be clearly marked as such. Nobody wants to steal replicas and people will know what you have for sale. This tip can also apply for your home. Make sure that you keep any expensive stuff that you own out of sight and away from windows at all times.
- Don’t leave expensive stuff out of your sight
Shoplifting is pretty much unavoidable and inevitable. You can however make sure that what gets “lifted” is not very expensive. This way you can seriously limit the damages that shoplifting will cause to your business. Always make sure that your most expensive products are always where you and your staff can have direct eye contact with them at all times. You can also use replicas and keep the actual merchandise in your store room or hidden elsewhere. Never lose sight of your expensive merchandise, especially during rush hour.
- Always be mindful of YOUR stuff!
Most business owners usually give their full attention to the protection of their property and merchandise and thus they tend to forget about their personal belongings that they take with them at work. Many store owners and clerks have their wallets and even smart phones and tablets stolen by petty thieves who enter the shop to shoplift. Make no mistake, all shoplifters will take a chance of swiping any wallets or phones that they will find “loose” or lying around on counters and tables. Never leave your personal belongings unattended. Have your phone with you on all times. Secure your wallet in a drawer or even the store’s safe, if you have one. You don’t need your wallet in your own store, after all. The same goes for your employees, you should make sure that they secure their personal belongings before heading out into the sales floor. It goes without saying that no customer should ever be beyond certain spots of your shop. If you see someone heading towards your office or staff room, you can be sure that he is up to no good.
Those are just a few simple tips that will help you make your property more secure. For more tips, you can check out the cancelletto official blog.