Most shoplifting crimes are opportunistic offences which can be almost eradicated by taking certain preventive measures. If you own or run a retail business, then we have prepared a quick guide to help you tackle shoplifting:
1) First things first – Installing commercial security products
Place CCTV signs outside and inside your store to inform customers of the security measure you have taken to protect your store. Such signs will on their own discourage shoplifters because they know they are being watched. Installing business security products like CCTV systems deters professional thieves and also provides a historical record of the activities in store that will help the police to prosecute any criminals.
We at ProtectMyProperty.co.uk can help you install commercial security products that include:
- Burglar alarms
- CCTV systems
- Door entry systems.
The security solutions we offer will be customised and tailored to your retail store’s individual security requirements. To find out more about the business security products provided by Protect My Property then click on the following link https://www.protectmyproperty.co.uk/business-security/.
2) Employee training and shoplifting policies
There may be instances when your employees might suspect someone of shoplifting but do not know what their actions should be. It is important to train your employees about shoplifting and their actions should they become aware that this is indeed happening. Equally important is to implement shoplifting policies so that your employees know what to do when they spot a prospective shoplifter and indeed, how to deal with such a situation.
3) Eliminating blind spots
Blind spots in your store are those areas that are difficult to monitor. One good way to minimise aby blind spot is to install bright lighting. Further measures to eliminate blind spots include installing CCTV systems and security mirrors.
4) Identifying items at risk
There may be specific items in your store that are of high monetary value and these therefore become a good target for any perspective shoplifter. In such a case, it’s always better to keep such items inside a locked display cabinet or in easy view of the main tills and busy areas.
5) Using customer service as a deterrent
If you spot someone acting suspiciously, it’s a wise move to approach them offering help. Doing this will warn the prospective shoplifter that they are being watched.
6) Spotting shoplifters
Paying close attention to the customers in your store goes a long way to spotting prospective shoplifters. Watch out for some of the red flags:
- Customers with the intention of stealing might pick up a random item and pretend to closely study it.
- Such customers may also pay close attention to the employees.
- Such customers may even loiter around the store for a long period.
7) Monitoring bags
Check packages, bags, purses, paper bags, briefcases, and other items brought in by customers at the entrance and exit gates. This may well prevent anyone utilising such articles to conceal their ill gotten gains.
As we have highlighted, there are many ways that you can reduce the potential for shoplifters and make your store a shop lifter free zone! There is always the option to install security measures and before you do this, it makes sense to have a professional company analyse the area and therefore to inform you of the ideal equipment needed to cover each and every area of your store.
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23 February 2018
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