Small business owners must take the proper interior security measures to protect your business from burglary and theft. Here are some important ways to help deter crime and secure the interior of your business.
The majority of burglaries occur at night, and forced entry is commonly used to gain access. These standard security measures are effective in keeping your business safe and typically do not require a large investment.
The theft of consumer data is on the rise, and small businesses are increasingly being targeted, according to the FBI. Cybersecurity and regular, ongoing employee training to keep your network secure can help protect your business from an online attack.
Proper Interior Lighting:
Bright LED lighting can eliminate the dark shadows in areas of your store, especially corners and low-traffic areas.
Digital Door Chimes:
Simple but effective, digital door chimes alert employees to customers entering and leaving the store. The chimes are especially effective when employees are in a part of the store where the front door is not visible.
Security Cameras in Store:
Cameras can monitor customers and employees and should focus on areas where theft is most likely to occur, such as the cash register or the sales floor. Video can also help investigators identify a culprit in case a crime does occur.
Merchandise Placement on Visible Display Tables:
Inventory is your livelihood. Be careful to set up your merchandise in well-lit areas that are easily visible to employees. One example might be a display table located closer to the register. Also, take inventory on a regular basis.
Security Mirrors to Eliminate Blind Spots:
Another simple security measure, mirrors eliminate blind spots in your store and deter theft. Flat or convex, the mirrors should be placed in the corners of your store.
Use Burglar-resistant Glass in Windows:
Smash-and-grab thefts are rapidly increasing. Burglar-resistant glass includes a layer of plastic between two sheets of glass, making it extremely difficult to break.
Exterior Lighting/LEDs & Motion Sensors:
External lighting should be focused on all points of access to the building, including the rear of the building if there is a delivery area.
Secure Exposed Door Hinges:
Intruders can remove surface-mounted hinges with mounting screws or hinge pins that are exposed on the exterior. Hinges should be installed with concealed screws and hinge pins welded or flanged to prevent removal.
Steel Doors Combined with 1-inch Deadbolt Locks & Strike Plates:
If you have delivery doors that are away from public view, invest in steel security doors with 1-inch deadbolts and strike plates.
Security Cameras on Exterior Doors:
Security cameras, combined with a video recording system, should focus on access points to the business as well as the parking lot.
Keep Only the Customer Data You Need:
A hacker cannot steal information you do not have, so if you are asking customers to set up online accounts, ask for only the information you really need.
Restrict Access to Sensitive Data:
If you do keep sensitive customer information, implement the proper security measures to ensure only authorized employees have access to this information. Make sure the access is for business purposes only.
Use Complex Passwords:
Require employees to choose complex passwords and train them not to use the same passwords for business that they use for personal accounts.
Test for Vulnerabilities:
SSL certification is critical to the security of customer information. Test cybersecurity measures frequently to ensure they work to deter hackers from gaining access to the sensitive data in your database.
Limit Admin Access:
Administrative access should be contained to employees tasked with completing the needs of that specific job. Other employees should not have administrative access to customer account information.