November is here, and everyone knows what that means: radio stations have begun playing holiday music, Christmas trees are starting to show up in shopping malls, and the season of massive retail sales is here. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, and all the holiday shopping in between – retail shops are going to be busy places for the next two months.
In all the hustle and bustle of big sales and holiday shopping, it’s imperative that retail stores start the season with the right security to minimize shrink and theft. No matter how big or small your retail space is, security for retail is the key to a successful holiday shopping season.
Security Solutions for Retail Stores During Holiday Sales
The first key to a successful security strategy for retail sales is having well-trained staff. Ensure your staff knows the security procedures for your store, whether that includes alarm codes, access control, the location of video cameras, or simply loss prevention techniques. This is key for minimizing theft and keeping your shop floor under control, but also for preventing false alarms. If your staff is trained in properly arming and disarming your alarm system, there will be fewer false alarms or issues with security systems.
While not physical security, cyber security is also important for retail at this time of year. Fraud, malware, and other cyber attacks are all very common on online stores at this time of year when the amount of orders is higher than usual. Credit card fraud, account fraud, invalid returns, hacks, and more can easily happen on an ecommerce site. Ensuring you have the proper online security and checks in place will minimize fraud online this season.
A robust alarm system that is properly armed at the end of each business day is the best way to prevent break-ins, vandalism, and theft outside of business hours. Integrated with Sonitrol’s Verified Audio, you’ll have the peace of mind that when an alarm is triggered, a monitoring professional will be able to listen in and verify if the alarm is real or false. This reduces the number of false alarms from intrusion systems and means managers and owners don’t need to make phone calls or store visits overnight if authorities are called. An alarm system is your first defense against unwelcome intruders.
Security cameras are a good security solution both for theft deterrence and for documenting potential crime. In the event of a theft or other event, you can look back on your footage and see what happened or use it for evidence when required. Monitored security cameras, like Sonavision, mean that someone is present to verify security threats and watch footage when required. With all the craziness of an in-store sale during the holidays, staff may not always have their eyes on everything!
Contact Sonitrol for Retail Security This Holiday Season
Make sure your physical security is ready for the big sales of the following months. Whether you need an alarm system, monitored CCTV, or another integrated security solution, we can find a solution for you.
Contact Sonitrol for a free security plan to learn how we can help prepare your retail business this season!