Preventing Retail Burglary

Burglary is defined as unlawful entry to commit a theft without the use of force to gain entry.

Every burglary is expensive for a retailer who loses stock, has to repair damages and install new security devices. Unfortunately burglary has been increasing over the years and it looks like this trend is continuing to increase. Another negative is that many burglaries remain unsolved. It is imperative that retail shops put in place preventive measures to minimise the risk of a burglary happening. Some of these measures include:

  • Installing suitable locks.
  • Having an alarm system.
  • Adequate indoor and outdoor lighting.
  • A secure safe within the store.
  • A security policy for staff to follow.
  • Comprehensive insurance policy.

If you are in a high risk industry i.e. selling car stereos or electronics then the following measures should also be considered:

  • Heavy window screens or bars or pull down metal doors to protect from ram raiding.
  • Unbreakable or heavy windows.
  • Watchdogs
  • Private police controls.
  • Security cameras.

Prevention is far better than cure in most instances, burglary included. If your shop looks like the hard option when a burglar is casing which shop to burgle then the changes that he/she will move onto the next shop are increased.

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