Being a Christian business owner in the 21st century may require more faith than ever before. Polarizing issues dividing society, intense political climates and rapid advancement in the technological landscape have all combined for a volatile business building environment. Using the right equipment and practicing proper precautions can go a long way toward establishing longevity, stability and peace of mind in the world of retail. Here are a few security tools you should consider for your business.
Anyone would be hard pressed to find a major business without any type of surveillance system. These implemented systems don’t come without good reason though, as the latest crime rate statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation denotes that over 325,000 robberies took place in the United States alone, accounting for nearly $400 million in losses for just one calendar year.
With stats like these, it’s imperative business owners have eyes and ears present on their business at all times. Luckily, the modernization of security cameras has allowed for this possibility, but choosing the right one can be challenging. It’s important to consider the nature of your retail environment and the needs that will accompany the security. Features such as infrared night vision, weather-proofing and audio/visual quality are among the most common distinguishing factors. Cameras with vandal resistance are in high demand as well, and many business owners love the ease of setup with do-it-yourself capability.
Taking a dominant stance on security is important, not only for the sake of your profits, but the safety of your employees. From day one you should be transparent about the extent of surveillance in your retail location with customers and employees. A simple “Smile, you’re on camera” or “This store is under surveillance” message will ensure you don’t take anybody’s rights or trust for granted.
Thankfully, we no longer have to track inventory with manual paper keeping. Integration of data tracking into an online computerized format allows for changes in inventory to be reflected in real time. This is paramount for businesses in the retail industry striving to eliminate internal and external theft. According to Retail Knowledge, large retailers are losing over $60 billion a year to shrinkage (revenue lost from missing or stolen products). The largest contributor to this figure is employee theft. Make sure a system of checks and balances is in place with your team, and that the entire staff takes ownership of the inventory like it’s their own. Like surveillance cameras, digital inventory control software requires much consideration for the intended uses.
Access Control Management Systems
Internal access to your retail location is sacred. Keeping track of who, when and which location your building was accessed keeps a record and level of accountability among those you hire and those who enter your store to shop. The advancement of these systems have allowed for features such as open or specific domains (give access to certain doors, rooms, etc. by key or card only), alarm notifications and synced video feeds to your smartphone, elevator control, anticipated visitor access and extensive time/date reporting software. The possibilities are endless in this space, so make sure to find the appropriate access control system that fits the needs of your location.
As a business owner, numerous issues will plague your place of business, but security should never be one of them. It could arguably be the most important investment you make. It is a blessing that technology has come as far it has to provide the appropriate security we need in a modern society full of evolved risks. Take care of your business, take care of your assets and take care of yourself with these advances in security.