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Robbery Prevention for Small Businesses


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Of all the issues that face small business owners, the possibility of theft and robbery might be the most troubling. You worry about keeping your business safe—it’s not just about having peace of mind when you’re off the clock. It’s also a matter of your business’s long-term survival.

Problem is, it’s impossible to predict when the safety and security of your customers, inventory, and cash on hand will come under threat—whether from the hands of a professional criminal or a trusted employee. You can take preventative measures, however, to minimize the risk of thieves attacking your business.

Here are 6 ways to prevent a robbery from hitting your small business.

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Robbery Prevention for Small Businesses

  2. 2. SECURITY IS A MATTER OF YOUR BUSINESS’S LONG-TERM SURVIVAL Here are 6 preventative measures to minimize the risk of thieves attacking your business.
  3. 3. GET IN TOUCH WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BEFORE A CRIME HAPPENS 1. Contact the police to discuss trends in local crime. Police will provide: • Information specific to your business. • General advice about how to handle robberies. Knowing what to look for ahead of time helps stop a crime before it happens.
  4. 4. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND HOW YOU MIGHT BE A TARGET 2. If you have a business near an easy escape route, work with law enforcement to be aware of their concerns and piece together the puzzle before a crime happens. Even smart surveillance can be no match for the allure of your business location to potential thieves.
  5. 5. HIRE REAL, LIVE SECURITY PERSONNEL 3. Nothing is better at dissuading robbery or theft than security personnel that is present in your store. It may be expensive, but if you don’t have security you are going to lose business as well. = SAFE
  6. 6. STAY UP ON THE NEWS, AND GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY 4. Know more about what’s happening by being involved in your community. Attend public safety meetings put on by the police or community leaders. Learn best practices and make connections with other business owners. Personal contact can put off a would-be criminal and there is a strong possibility that robbers are among the people in your neighborhood.
  7. 7. MAKE SURE YOUR ALARM SYSTEM NOTIFIES THE POLICE FIRST, NOT YOU 5. Invest in an automated security alarm system that is armed 24 hours a day and contacts the police first, rather than the owner. • Police have more resources to devote to a burglary than a single business owner does. • This is much safer and more responsible than trying to take the law into your own hands.
  8. 8. OUTFIT YOUR PHYSICAL SPACE WITH THE PROPER SECURITY MEASURES 6. Discourage would-be thieves in the way you design the layout and equip your physical space. Keep the cash register in plain view from the outside of your business. Apply deadbolt locks or metal security crossbars to all outside entrances and inside security doors. Install secure locks and bur- glar-resistant glass on windows.
  9. 9. OUTFIT YOUR PHYSICAL SPACE WITH THE PROPER SECURITY MEASURES 6. Install lighting on the inside and outside of your business, especially around doors, windows, and other entry points. Keep minimal cash in the register at all times, and make bank deposits often and during business hours. Provide security system information to employees only on a need-to-know basis. Cooperate with burglars if confronted. It’s not worth losing your life over.
  10. 10. CONCLUSION As long as there are small businesses, there will be people looking to rob, burglarize, and otherwise steal from them. Get ahead of potential thieves by minimizing risk and maximizing awareness.