Retail business owners have to take many factors into consideration when it comes to starting or maintaining a profitable business, from the products you choose to sell all the way down to how you secure your property. You need to protect your bottom line by introducing good security practices and sticking to them.
One of the best ways to protect your goods from theft, be it from patrons or employees, is to utilize security cameras both hidden and not. The reason you want both types is to assure you are seeing the whole picture since the view of known cameras can be obstructed or avoided in order to facilitate a theft.
When deciding on which visible cameras to buy, you should consider using a combination of standard color cameras and vandal proof dome cameras all of which should have night vision capabilities.
You will want to place the standard cameras in highly visible areas so that anyone that enters can see that security cameras are in use which will help to deter some crime. The dome cameras can be used both inside and out so you can place them right near your entrance and back doors to ensure you get the face of anyone that enters or exits.
Be sure the dome cameras you choose are vandal proof so that they cannot be easily tampered with and rendered useless. The main purpose of the visible cameras is to not only capture or preferably deter crime but it will also help to keep your employees honest.
Now that you have your standard, visible cameras in place and operational you should consider your hidden camera options. One prime location you should consider installing a hidden camera is directly over the counter area where the register is located. This will allow you to verify all of the cash handed over by a customer makes it into your register or cash box.
You have many options when deciding on which hidden camera to use right over your register. Some good options are the smoke detector and sprinkler head hidden cameras. They are items generally found in any business and go virtually unnoticed by most people.
Another location you should be utilizing a hidden camera is in your office area. This is true whether you share your office area with your employees or not. If you keep your camera recording station and safe in an area other than your office you will want to place visible and hidden cameras in that location as well.
The amount of money you can save in just stopping a good portion of the petty thefts of your products and cash by employees alone should pay for your initial camera investment and increase your bottom line.