Smart security for your business this holiday season
The holiday season is one of the most important times of the year for businesses to pay special attention to safety and security. As retailers face some of the heaviest traffic of the year, criminals take advantage of all the crowds and distractions to steal from stores. But even if you own or operate a company that shuts down over the holidays, special precautions should be taken to ensure your business is intact for your return to work.
Ensure you have enough competent staff
If you hire seasonal employees, give yourself enough time to conduct background checks and train these temporary workers, especially about safety and security. Since some of the biggest losses come from internal theft, a good tip is to team up seasonal employees with staff members you trust. If possible, engage security personnel, or for a smart security solution, use video surveillance to monitor your highest-traffic areas, such as entries, exits and around cash registers.
Be extra alert at store closing times
Security measures are critical at closing time. Only employees should be able to access a back door or shipping dock. An access control system can help ensure that customers don’t exit with merchandise through back exits.
Evaluate holiday layouts and displays
Take careful scrutiny of your store’s seasonal layout and displays. Do everything possible to increase visibility for yourself, your staff and your surveillance system. Eliminate blind spots and add lighting to dark corners. The peak traffic and long hours make it easy for you and your staff to overlook what thieves will see as an opportunity. Prepare to thwart shoplifters by ensuring your video surveillance security system is positioned to cover all areas or add mirrors to ensure they do. Being ready for these hectic times can help boost your bottom line.
Make your security measures known
Be proactive by ensuring your security measures are highly visible to both the public and your employees. The presence of video cameras will go a long way to help decreasing theft. For companies closing down for the holidays:
Stay safe while you’re away
Be sure that all your security and safety equipment, including smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly with up-to-date batteries. Check that all your alarm systems, smart locks, access controls and video surveillance equipment are up to the task of watching over your business while you’re not there.
Check decorations before you close
If you’re leaving decorations up for the holidays, make sure they don’t cover or set off any safety or security sensors (smoke, CO, flooding, motion, etc.) to avoid false alarms and emergencies.
Ensure your call list is up-to-date
Your security company has contact information for whom to call in case of an emergency at your company. Check that your call list is up to date and that those contacts will be available over the holidays. Inform your security company as to your holiday hours and, if necessary, add guard service during the season. Your peace of mind is worth it.
Engage others you trust
If you don’t own the building that houses your company, be sure to inform your landlord about your holiday period. If any neighbouring companies will remain open over the holidays, perhaps ask them to also keep an eye out for any strange activity at your company. •
Locking up may sound simplistic, but do think of every possible entry to your premises: doors, windows, ducts, skylights. Make a list and – just like Santa – check it twice for a stress-free holiday. TELUS Secure Business, Canada’s leader in small business security, offers affordable solutions for every business.
To find out more about how we can help keep your business secure, call 855.958.8181 to speak to one of our small business security experts.