When you have a brick and mortar store, security needs to be one of the first things on your mind. After all, you’ve put too much time and effort into developing and creating your products to allow them to be taken from under your nose without due pay. Now, a security guard may well be a good idea. Countless studies have shown that people are much less likely to steal when they feel that a person’s eyes are on them. However, many shoplifters have become savvier over the years and manage to take goods in split moments when a security personnel’s attention is distracted. When it comes to legalities, a person’s account doesn’t always stand up as conclusive evidence, even if they are hired for the purpose. Many businesses have further attempted to counteract the problem of theft with tags that set off alarms while they are attached to items leaving the store premises. However, people have found ways around these too, often removing them in changing rooms, toilets, or other discrete spots. At this point, you may be despairing. How can you protect your products from immoral people when there are so many loopholes in these tactics above? Well, you can always give your benefit of an all-seeing high. Here’s a little more information about CCTV and why you should have it installed in your commercial space.
On the Shop Floor
If you’re going to invest in CCTV for just one area of your commercial property, it’s best placed on the shop floor. This is likely to be where the majority of your goods are, so is also the space where you are most likely to experience theft. The presence of CCTV alone is often enough to put potential shoplifters off attempting to steal. However, if someone does give it a go, you will have firm evidence of them in the act. This will make the pursuit of legal action more feasible. An added benefit of having CCTV on your shop floor is that you will always have footage of events occurring in your store should you need them. If a customer complains about a trip, slip, or fall that they are claiming is your fault, you will be able to look over the facts and the series of events that led up to the incident. You can also check out disagreements and other incidents that have led to people being removed from your commercial premises.
In Stock Rooms
Hopefully, your staff are trustworthy individuals. However, every now and then you will find that someone will surprise you and steal from the stock rooms. This is upsetting, but also something that needs to be tackled, or you’ll notice significant dips in your profits as people begin to think that they can get away with it. CCTV in places where staff may be left alone in the presence of stock is a good precautionary measure to take.
While it would be much nicer to live in a world where people wouldn’t take from hard working business owners, it’s often the case that they will try their luck. CCTV is the perfect way to ward off theft and take action.