According to the National Retail Federation, shoplifting and employee theft contributed to $48.9 billion in losses for US retailers in 2016. To protect your business, we recommend installing a security system to prevent would-be thieves. Not only do surveillance cameras and security alarm systems give you peace of mind, but they also help you save money. A security system installation company will be able to help you pick the best alarm system, CCTV camera, or other security measures for your business.
- Deter Burglars
Is your business protected from burglars looking to break into your building? It’s not uncommon for burglars to scope out your business during the day and come back after hours to break in. Break-ins are most common at night or during the weekend when the parking lot is empty and there are no witnesses. However, a security system makes the best witness because the camera captures the intruder on film while the burglar alarm alerts you and local police.
- Prevent Shoplifting
Want to prevent shoplifting? Position security cameras so they’re in plain sight. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, over 70% of people who shoplift say their decision to steal was spontaneous, not planned. In other words, shoplifters are more likely to steal from you if they see an opportunity.
Certain items (like makeup) are more likely to be shoplifted because thieves can easily slip them into a pocket or purse. If you have certain items that have a habit of disappearing, install security cameras in the aisle that are noticeable to people walking by. A security or fire protection company can help you get set up with your system as soon as possible.
- Prevent Employee Theft
Not all theft is from strangers. In the retail industry, loss from employee theft is referred to as inventory shrinkage. While you may not like to think about your own employees stealing from you, it’s also important to protect your livelihood with a security camera system. Surveillance cameras that are placed in plain sight will let employees know that they are being watched.
On the flip side, cameras that are hidden will let you know which of your employees are honest. A security system contractor can help you determine the most strategic places in your store for security cameras.
- Monitor Employees
Employees work better and are less likely to steal when they know they’re being watched. Don’t be surprised if you notice an uptick in employee productivity after installing a business security system. A surveillance system will also protect you against false workers’ compensation claims. Since it may take weeks or months for an employee to file a workers’ compensation claim, we recommend saving footage for at least a year.
- Update Old Security System
When was the last time your security system was updated? With new advances in technology, business owners are able to capture clearer images so criminals can be identified. If someone tries to break into your business after hours, it helps to have a clear image so police have a better chance of finding the burglar. A new security system will protect your business and give you peace of mind.
The fire protection contractors at Fire Pros Inc. are dedicated to helping business owners prevent theft through commercial security systems. If you are interested in installing a security camera system or alarm for your business, give us a call at 1-800-968-2871. We also offer a full range of fire protection systems and devices so you can keep your commercial building safe and code-compliant.