Burglary can happen to anyone; homeowners, renters, and store owners. While there is no way to 100% avoid the possibility of a theft, you can take proactive approaches to prevent it. For store owners, we’ve outline five of the best measures you can take to help protect your store from burglaries.
1. Opening and Closing
A lot of burglaries occur during the night, however another common time is during opening and closing. The burglars won’t even need to break in if they come across you entering or leaving your premises. The best way to prevent burglaries when opening or closing up shop is to do this as a team. Having two or three employees open and close the store might deter any solo burglars. Remember, safety in numbers.
2. Cash Register Location
While it might not seem like an important factor, the placement of the cash register can actually make a difference in your store being broken into or not. This is especially true if your store has an all-glass front that is view-able to the public. Placing your register near the front of the store, in the plain view of the public, also keeps any burglars exposed who are attempting to open the register. A burglar would be much more comfortable taking money from a cash register located out of sight.
3. Alarm System
Having some form of alarm system or security system protects you in two ways. Should a burglary occur, the alarms will raise and police will be notified. They can also protect your store if you place a notice in a visible area that shows your store is protected by a security system. This alone has potential to deter a would-be burglar.
4. Gates and Grilles
The types of gates and grilles you can get for your store are endless. The benefit of getting some form of security gate is that they are much more difficult to break into. A simple glass storefront stands no chance against a burglar. However if your shop has a security gate across the front during off-hours, the burglar doesn’t stand a chance against your shop.
The lighting of your store can have some effect on whether burglars see it as a worthy target. During the day, your store will most likely have sufficient lighting for customers. However, at night you should floodlight areas around your store. This light leaves burglars very exposed and easy to spot. Any suspicious activity can be witnessed with well-placed flood lights.
By following these tips, you’ll at least help minimize the chance of a burglary. Unfortunately, even the most careful and proactive of stores can still be targeted.
In the unfortunate event of a break-in, Vortex Doors can help with the aftermath. Our 24/7 Emergency Service is on standby for events such as these. Our professionals will help you board up any damaged entrances. These temporary board ups will provide your store with protection from the elements as we install your new doors.
Call for a emergency assistance at 800-698-6783 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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