Tips for improving retail security

Watchful Eye Security Ltd provide licensed security operatives to a wide a variety of industry sectors including retail and have some tips for those wishing to reduce theft levels.

With additional training for front line staff, together with plans and procedures in place, retail managers can help ensure a safe experience for shoppers and staff members alike.

 Control the number of people in any given store at any one time. 

Retailers should consider having security guards deployed at their store entrance to enforce health and safety measures and prevent potential theft and crowds. Moreover, guards will be able to welcome clients and act as customer service ambassadors, while your staff can tend to shoppers’ needs in the store. Security guards may want to use click counters to maintain a desired capacity, or take the cue from the shop managers when staff feel they have reached their capacity.

Plan displays from an anti-theft perspective. 

Be sure to display valuable and small items that have a high potential for theft in a case or in an area that is closely monitored and can be easily seen by the checkout staff. Expensive or highly desired items should not be displayed near exit routes. 

Consider floor walkers to prevent theft.

Fights, commotions or loud arguments between couples can be staged to make staff look away while a shoplifter is taking merchandise. One way to avoid distraction thefts is to assign multiple retail security guards and staff to monitor different areas of the store. To prevent theft in general, you may want to consider floor walkers (loss prevention officers dressed in civil attire). A floor walker will allow your staff to focus on serving customers, while the officer remains discreetly on the lookout.  

Ensure stores’ back room doors have chimes or alarms. 

This is an easy intervention, but in many cases, simple solutions make the difference between a crime and an averted crime. When staff are extremely busy and crowds are present, shoplifters can sneak into store rooms. A chime or beeping alarm can notify staff of unauthorised entry. Staff property, including purses and wallets, should also be in a locked area. 

Look out for stockpiled, planned thefts. 

One common technique for large value thefts is to place multiple high-value items in one area, to make it possible to “grab and run” with all of the desired items at once. Instruct staff to remove items that appear to be stockpiled and return them to their places, and ask retail security guards to be on the lookout for a shoplifter returning to the area. 

Stay alert to label changes.

Educate your staff to ensure that the product scanned into the cash register software is the same product purchased by the customer. Some thieves will take advantage of the shopping frenzy on a crazy Friday to swap the labels on certain products for a less expensive product.

If you would like to increase your current level of security please contact us for a no obligation assessment and quotation.

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