In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to worry about robbery and crime when opening a business. However, store and restaurant owners must be aware that theft is a very real threat. It’s important to have plans in place with staff just in case anything was to happen, but there are several actions you can take to prevent crime from occurring in the first place.
It’s common knowledge that commercial video surveillance helps catch thieves—and can even send video footage straight to the police. But the ultimate goal is to prevent your Las Vegas, NV business from experiencing a break-in or theft at all. Keep reading to discover proven tactics to keep your storefront safe.
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We want to prevent thieves, not just catch them, and that’s where surveillance cameras succeed. Just like “you break it, you buy it” signs deter shoppers from touching valuables as they browse, the presence of surveillance cameras will intimidate shoplifters. With a video security system clearly visible to customers, potential robbers will be wary to have their actions recorded. Even if a criminal covers their face, the camera will detect the exact time of a crime, making it easier for the police to trace their steps.
With signs in your business that say things like, “Police Will Be Notified” or even “Smile! You’re on Camera”, potential thieves will be reminded that they’re being watched and will be less likely to commit a crime. If you add an alarm system, a sign by the doors will prevent criminals from breaking in after you have closed for the night.
Most businesses are robbed when they are closed, often meaning during the nighttime. It’s important to keep your business windows lit at night so that if anything were to happen, people passing by (and the police) can witness. With motion-sensor lights that turn on as someone approaches the door, potential thieves may feel intimidated as the lights flood their surroundings, illuminating the security cameras.
Greeting every patron that walks into your shop or restaurant makes for great customer service, but it also helps prevent crimes. Making eye contact and saying hello to everyone also signals to visitors that they have been recognized. Establishing a personal connection will also make them feel guilty about stealing.
Automated door locks prevent locks from being picked or keys from being stolen. The locks can also be integrated with your security system and alert you each time the passcode is used, and a door is opened. That way, if a door is opened at an unusual hour, you’ll know right away. A passcode door alongside an alarm will look intimidating to a thief, and they may decide not to bother after all.
With these precautions in mind, criminals will be less likely to target your Las Vegas, NV business. It can be a lot of work to install and connect a well-functioning security system. For assistance, or to learn more, call Eagle Sentry at (702) 736-8880 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to helping your business stay safe!
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