HOW TO PREVENT A ROBBERY IN YOUR BUSINESS
Not only does robbery result in the loss of money or other assets from your business, it also puts you and your staff in danger of being physically harmed by those carrying out the robbery. However, there are some simple preventative measures that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your premise being robbed.
Below Barkeeper.ie explores design, surveillance and behaviour tips for you to help lower the risk of robbery in your business.
- Keep your interior, front and rear of your business well lit
- Pay particular attention to outdoor lighting and ensure there are no hidden areas for criminals to hide in
- Consider installing devices such as bollards outside so that thieves are not able to drive up to your premise
- Always keep rear and side doors locked and ensure your window and door locks are in good repair
- Have your till positioned so that employees don’t have to turn their back to use it
- Consider investing in a time-delay opening safe and advertise that your business safe is controlled by time-delay
- Consider using cashing staining dye packs for money in your safe
- Install devices in your business to increase detection of thieves including;
2.Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
- Display “warning” signs to the public that you have that these devices and that they are being recorded
- Ensure that your alarms are in good working order at all times
- Direct your CCTV camera towards the till from a doorway
- Keep your CCTV equipment clean and well maintained regularly
- Ensure that your CCTV date and time settings are consistently correct
- Always roster more than one staff member on at a time
- Keep a low balance in the till at all times
- Never count cash in front of customers
- Ensure that the staff have clear view of the street
- Always lock-up before removing the cash drawer or box
- Vary times and routes of your banking routine
- Take care when going outside at night to take out the trash or clean the parking lot
- Ensure that another employee can see staff members involved in work details outside
- Keep alert – be aware of suspicious activity and write down license numbers of any suspicious vehicles
- Develop opening and closing procedures that focus on personal safety
- Provide security services for staff who are working during closing time
Taking precautions such as there can help to deter thieves from targeting your business. Make sure that your staff are fully trained in your security procedures and that they enforce these at all times.
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