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RETAIL SECURITY: TIPS TO KEEP YOUR STORE AND CUSTOMERS SAFE

A surveillance camera in a supermarket

There’s a lot at risk in your retail business: your property, money, inventory and data. Consequently, it’s vital that you protect your store and customers. However, with so many security products and plans available it can be difficult to know the best option for your business. Here are some tips to improve your retail store’s overall security.

 

Install a security system


Investing in a commercial security alarm system protects your business from burglary, vandalism and trespassers. Select an alarm system with motion sensors for superior protection. Moreover, ensure your alarm system is monitored 24-7, 365 days a year by a professional, certified company. An unmonitored system means intrusions may go undetected.

 

Install cameras


Security cameras and indoor CCTV systems deter thieves, aid police investigations and prevent employee theft. Camera surveillance features allow you to see how your business is functioning from anywhere. They also allow you to:

  • Monitor employee work habits and watch for incidents that jeopardize safety

  • Supervise sites remotely

  • Verify if you need to contact extra staff during a busy shift

  • Determine what caused an alarm to go off at your business

You can also include audio in your camera system. Make sure you get a professional to install the devices, as they know the best locations.

 

Use an access control system


An access control system allows you to limit access through exterior and interior doors. It also digitally logs the identities of anyone using a door. For example, you can restrict employee access to the inventory room and track which staff members entered the room and when.

 

Install an intrusion detection system (IDS)


Your retail business isn’t only at risk in the physical world. Cybercrime is a real threat. Online hackers are always trying to steal credit card numbers and other personal information. An IDS helps keep your customers’ data secure by monitoring your internal network for malicious activity. The system immediately notifies you if a hacker has breached your system so you can act quickly.


It's also good to store confidential customer information, whether on paper or a hard drive, in a secure place separate from the retail store.

 

Use article electronic surveillance (AES)


Placing electronic tags on your merchandise is a powerful shoplifting deterrent. Your cashier removes the device when a customer purchases an item. If the tags aren’t removed, they’ll set off an alarm at the store’s exit, alerting you to potential theft.

 

Alarm systems for business in Lethbridge and Calgary


With Guardian Security Solutions, you can rest easy knowing your business is protected by 24/7 monitoring, surveillance systems and outdoor and indoor security camera technology installed by skilled technicians. Contact us in Calgary and Lethbridge, and we’ll help you design a custom security solution tailored to your business’s unique needs and budget.

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