Armed robbery is less common than burglary, but it is a more dangerous threat to you, your employees, and your customers. Robbers tend to choose targets that have cash readily available and have loose security procedures. Even with the best precautions, robberies still occur.
As a business owner, what can you do to protect your employees and your business? In short: be prepared.
- Employee Training: Don't assume your employees will know what to do in a high-stress situation. That takes training. The investment you make educating your employees might save a life one day.
- Money Handling: Find ways to reduce the amount of money that is kept on-hand at your business. Making regular deposits will reduce the amount at risk during a robbery. Also, consider prohibiting transactions involving large bills during high-risk hours. Posting this information in public view might be enough to deter a would-be robber.
- Hold-Up Alarms and Panic Buttons: These types of alarm systems are designed to notify the authorities that a robbery is occurring or has occurred. Employees should be properly trained in the use of the system, and regular maintenance and testing is necessary to ensure it is functioning properly.
- Closed Circuit TV or Video Systems: Use of these types of systems provides a means to identify criminals, but video surveillance can also act as a deterrent. Sometimes just seeing a camera in the corner is enough to change a thief's mind.
- Access Control: A door-buzzer is a relatively inexpensive way to increase your business's security without interfering with the flow of traffic. Combined with an intercom system and a reinforced door, a buzzer can provide additional safety.
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