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Keep your Business Safe Over the Upcoming HolidaysOctober 7, 2019

During the biggest holiday season of the year, it’s not only shopping levels that increase; unfortunately, crime levels in business districts tend to escalate during this time of year as well. As a result, it’s essential for business owners to implement additional safety and security measures during this time. Below are a few tips that can help provide additional security for your business during one of the busiest times of the year.

1. Test your Security Equipment Regularly

It’s essential to test your security equipment on average once a month, as this will ensure that everything is working, as it should. This will also allow your security company to detect any faults or issues and rectify them well before the busy festive season begins. When decorating for the holidays, ensure that nothing is placed in such a way that it obscures any of your security cameras or alarm sensors.

2. Inform Security Providers about changes in Working Hours

If your business is in the retail industry, chances are that you and your employees will be working extended hours over the holiday period. Informing your security provider that working hours will be changing temporarily will enable them to immediately detect whether any unusual activity takes place after hours or not. It’s also a good idea to check with your security provider that they have the correct contact details for you or a trusted employee in case of an emergency.

3. Consider Hiring Additional Employees and Security

Although it will cost more money to hire additional help over the holiday period, it will not only help decrease stress levels; having more eyes among your customers will make potential thieves more hesitant to act. Large, open bags should also be sealed before customers are allowed to enter your store, as this will also help prevent petty theft.

4. Ensure that there is Sufficient Outdoor Lighting

As winter approaches, the days become shorter, meaning that more dark hours become available for thieves to operate. It’s recommended to have outdoor lighting installed around the perimeter of your business premises, as this will prevent most instances of burglary from occurring after hours. Installing good quality lighting in parking areas will also help shoppers feel safer as they walk to their vehicles in the evenings.

5. Keep Valuable Stock under Lock and Key

Expensive stock items should be stored in a lockable cabinet to prevent damage and theft. Although this may not deter criminals who engage in smash and grab activities, it will go a long way in preventing petty theft from taking place.

Keeping the above mentioned tips in mind will not only provide additional protection for your stock during the holiday season; it will also reduce employees’ stress levels substantially. If you don’t have a monitored alarm system yet and you would like to find out more about adding this level of security to your business, contact us today. We look forward to working with you to ensure that your business remains safe and secure this holiday season.

 

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