The inside of your premises will require security measures based on a number of factors including floor layout, equipment, and inventory. Consider measures necessary to protect your property from burglary during and after business hours.
- Install a till-guard to avoid cash being taken from an open drawer
- Cash-out after locking the premises or in a locked room
- Minimize the risk of damage to tills by leaving them empty and open outside business hours
- Display empty tills so they’re visible from outside
- Install a burglar resistant, ULC certified safe bolted to the floor, away from exterior walls for cash and check storage after hours
- Make frequent deposits and limit the amount of cash needed on hand
- Provide cash access to a minimum number of employees
- Locate tills in areas where staff is always present
- Add highly visible identification marks or serial numbers to make them easily identifiable and unattractive to thieves
- Secured with steel cables and away from monitors, keep processor units in a locked cupboard or room
- Ensure confidential customer or personal files are encrypted; keep back-up copies offsite in a secure location
Equipment and Inventory
- Ensure inventory logs updated regularly to account for merchandise in case of theft
- Bolt equipment to walls or floors
- Lock portable equipment after hours
Neighborhood Watch — teaming with neighboring businesses or a tenant of an upstairs apartment will serve as a deterrent and result in prompt notification of a break-in.
Lighting — leaving a few night lights on inside and installing movement sensing security lights can aid in surveillance by neighbors, members of the public, and police.
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