Retail shops are espe­cial­ly vul­ner­a­ble to theft due to the nature of their busi­ness­es. If a shop sells valu­able items – eas­i­ly con­cealed goods, such as jew­ellery, cloth­ing or med­ical prod­ucts –it nat­u­ral­ly becomes a tar­get for thieves.

But that doesn’t mean the shop is help­less in pre­vent­ing these crimes from hap­pen­ing. There are sev­er­al sim­ple ways stores can secure inven­to­ry, strength­en busi­ness secu­ri­ty and deter thieves.

Here are six ways to do it at your shop.

1) Start with business security cameras.

The mere pres­ence of com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty cam­eras can make a crim­i­nal think twice about steal­ing from your busi­ness. Cam­eras are a pow­er­ful deter­rent, serv­ing as an ini­tial warn­ing sign to poten­tial thieves that they will be caught if they attempt to steal.

If a crime is com­mit­ted any­way, you’ll have the evi­dence to catch the offend­er, pros­e­cute them, poten­tial­ly reclaim your stolen items or file insur­ance claims.

2) Limit direct access to your most valuable goods.

Did you know that some types of Ontario busi­ness­es are required by law to keep valu­able goods away from the reach of cus­tomers? For exam­ple, cannabis stores must keep their prod­ucts in secure dis­play con­tain­ers acces­si­ble only to employ­ees.

If you sell valu­ables at your store, keep­ing these goods in a locked dis­play case is strong­ly rec­om­mend­ed so that would-be thieves can’t quick­ly grab them and run. For added pro­tec­tion, con­sid­er adding spe­cial­ized win­dow film to the point (as well as front dis­play win­dows), which pre­vents the glass from being smashed.

3) Eliminate blind spots.

All areas of the retail floor should be vis­i­ble to your employ­ees. If there are blind spots, it’s only a mat­ter of time before items are stolen from those areas.

Lim­it the height of shelves and dividers so that employ­ees can see all cus­tomers through­out the store. If this is not pos­si­ble, install secu­ri­ty cam­eras to elim­i­nate the blind spots.


4) Consider placing checkout near the entrance.

In retail, keep­ing your most desir­able items at the back of the store is often sug­gest­ed so that cus­tomers will pass more prod­ucts on the way. But it’s still impor­tant to keep the most valu­able items locked and con­sid­er plac­ing your check­out coun­ters near the entrance.

Hav­ing check­outs near the entrance will require all cus­tomers to pass by your employ­ees on the way out of the store, mak­ing it much hard­er to avoid detec­tion if con­ceal­ing goods.

5) Secure delivery areas and stock rooms.

A large per­cent­age of retail theft occurs in stock rooms and receiv­ing areas. Ensure you install secu­ri­ty cam­eras in these areas and con­sid­er using access con­trol and inter­com sys­tems for deliv­ery areas. Hence, you have greater con­trol and vis­i­bil­i­ty into what’s hap­pen­ing in these areas.

6) Install a commercial alarm system.

The tips above pro­tect when your shop is open dur­ing the day. But what about when the store is closed?

A com­mer­cial alarm sys­tem detects attempt­ed break-ins, sounds an alarm and alerts the alarm-cen­tre dis­patch­ers to send police. If no busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tem exists, this is an open invi­ta­tion for crim­i­nals to loot your busi­ness dur­ing the night.

Request a free busi­ness secu­ri­ty audit.

Find out if your busi­ness has an increased risk of theft. Request a no-oblig­a­tion audit of your busi­ness secu­ri­ty from PROTECTION PLUS.



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Allan Baum
Allan Baum founded Protection Plus with his wife Neseh in 1994. He has worked in the security industry since 1991. His educational background includes an MBA from York University ( when it was still York) and a B.A. from McGill. Allan and Neseh have three wonderful children who are now considered adults and an equally wonderful dog named Waub.