We’ve all seen on the news, stories of shop fronts being broken into and robbed without any hope for recompense. Working in the retail sector in 2020 is turning out to be a more and more dangerous affair with reports in 2019 that a massive 60%[i] of all retailers experienced some form of shop theft through the year. With over half of all retail owners experiencing some form of theft, it certainly makes the sector one plagued with security issues.
Thieves are usually able to get away with more than £2000[ii] worth of items per robbery, with the top 3 most targeted being alcohol, meat and confectionary. It is also reported that 79%[iii] of robberies are taken place by a repeat offender, leaving 21%[iv] as first-time offenders making it even more difficult for shop keepers to monitor unsavoury subjects and ensure they aren’t getting away with any goods.
It’s not just the criminals threatening the retail sector either, last year, the total amount of value that staff stole from their respective jobs reached £20 million[v], from simply taking money out of the till to only partially scanning their own purchases, it is said that on average, it costs the retailer £895[vi] per staff theft. This is all coming from the people you entrust to run your establishment and ensure its security and safety.
It is difficult to know what specifically to do when it comes to managing the security of your shop, there are a lot of options and a lot of variables to take into consideration:
Manned security guarding has always been a premiere security option when it comes to most sectors and the principle remains true here. With someone on site constantly to monitor and ensure the safety of the property, this makes for an instant deterrent to any would be thief.
On top of this, it ensures a lower rate of staff theft, having a trained security guard on site can discourage staff from committing these acts in fear of being caught out.
Retail security can often be considered some of the most difficult areas of work that any company can protect, with a constant flow of people coming in and out the shops this also encourages a constant flow of criminals. As mentioned, previous, with 21% of all thefts being committed by first offenders, it is difficult for shopkeepers to keep an eye on any suspicious characters whilst working in the shop.
Region Security Guarding has an extensive and storied history in guarding and protection services, tackling all sectors from key handling to retail security, they are fully aware of what it takes to ensure a safe and secure working environment. With this knowledge, we are able to tackle all tasks put in front of us including protecting your shop.
Human traffic has always been difficult to predict and manage, but with our manned security guard you can rest assured that your property will remain protected and secure. Due to the rigorous testing and vetting procedure all our officers go through, they are trained to handle any situation, for instance, 68%[vii] of all crimes where a weapon was present, included a knife or bladed weapon. This statistic puts into perspective just how far some criminals will go and is also something you cannot expect your staff to deal with effectively, this is where our security guard would step in and defuse the situation.
Region Security Guarding provides one of the top retail security services in the UK, maintaining our reputation takes a lot of hard work but we believe that security comes before all else, when you are feeling safe you can work better fundamentally.
We offer services such as:
Our retail security guards are fully SIA licensed and trained, they are there to make staff and customers feel safe before all else. They are also trained to recognise and act discreetly yet effectively against all threats whilst providing ongoing surveillance to all areas.
We provide bespoke retail security plans designed specifically around your needs as a retailer, creating the atmosphere you want in your establishment, all the while ensuring its safety and protection at all times. On top of this we provide a price promise guarantee, making sure that anyone can access our services and feel safe in their own property.
Overall retail security has always been a big issue since the dawn of retail, having large quantities of goods in a condensed, easily accessible area is always going to attract thieves. However, with some of the tips outlined in this article we hope you are able to rethink your security issues and needs. After all, prevention is always better than cure, being able to stop a crime before it happens is much better than trying to reclaim any monetary value lost in the robbery.
With the age of information in full swing, technology is expanding and growing at an astonishing rate, it has been reported that criminals now go for data on people rather than personal possessions as it is often seen as more valuable. With all this however, leads to more and more shops having to stock up on incredibly valuable wares in order to keep up with the competition, from TV’s to computers and laptops, just a single one of these items being stolen can set a company back thousands of pounds and, with more determined criminals could skyrocket this figure even higher.
Therefore, it is critical to have security measures in place to stop any crime from happening before it happens, whilst technology blooms into a new age, having feet on the ground surveying areas and deterring criminals is all the more important.