ESSENTIAL TIPS

ESSENTIAL TIPS TO KEEP YOUR BUSINESS SAFE AND SECURE

 

  • Good surveillance and investing in good employees can prevent a small business from becoming a victim of crime.

  • Make sure that outside entrance doors have deadbolt locks and windows have secure locks.

  • Do not place items in front of windows or have posters on Windows that could prevent an employee from seeing outside and being aware of what is happening outside.

  • Keep the cash register in plain view of the parking lot-it limits your chances of being held up by a robber.

  • Leave cash for empty after closing.

  • Display a notice that only small or minimal amounts of cash or On the premise.

  • Install an alarm system with a "hold-up" button or key-fob. Check or test the system regularly.

  • If a burglar does get in make sure they will be visible from the outside. Well lit, open spaces with low counters and uncluttered display windows keep the burglar in the spotlight. Install motion lights and other lighting to illuminate the entire property.

  • Greet everyone who enters your business. Personal contact makes any potential criminal feel that you are watching them. Make eye contact if possible.

  • Pay particular attention to young males, anyone wearing clothes that could conceal a weapon or merchandise, or those who loiter over a trivial item.

  • Only keep small amounts of cash in the register and make frequent bank deposits throughout the day. Vary the time for making those deposits and avoid using obvious bank bags.

  • Never count cash in the presence of a customer.

  • Have two people present when closing a business at night.Do not install a fake security camera because it creates a liability if someone is assaulted or robbing your business.

  • Encourage police to periodically stop by your business.

  • Police say: if your business is Rob, call the police, lock the business, ask all witnesses to stay until police arrived, call the business owner/manager, write down the robbers description taking note of gender, ethnicity, age, height, weight, haircolor and length, and description of clothes and shoes.

  • To prevent check fraud: do not accept postdated checks; checks with a glossy or dull finish, or government checks that do not have a perforated edge; checks in which the signature does not match the persons ID card; out-of-town checks; only cash payroll or government checks.

  • To reduce shoplifting: keep the checkout counter low (no more than waist high) so that employees can see what is going on within the store.

  • Place expensive items in the center of the store, not at a doorway.

  • Be aware of people coming in with badger backpacks who then wander through the store. They may be shoplifters.

  • Keep an inventory of the items in the business so that you know something's missing.

  • If your business has a safe be sure it's fireproof and securely anchored. Remember to change the combination when an employee who had access to it is no longer employed by your business.

  • Always delete alarm system user codes if the employee no longer works for you.

  • Share crime prevention tips with your patrons by posting them in your store.