Security is important in shops of all sizes, from small independent shops to large high street stores. There is the potential for a lot of income to be lost through shoplifting, so trying to prevent it is something that needs to be addressed.
There are a number of different options that are available to businesses in terms of security. CCTV cameras are installed in almost every type of shop, and have several different uses. They may deter potential thieves as they know they will be recorded on camera.
They can also be used for monitoring what is going on in the store, so that if anything has been taken, the person who has the item can be prevented from leaving the shop. CCTV footage can also be passed to the police, and be used as evidence if the case comes to court.
Some businesses also employ security guards to work in their stores. Having a security guard near the front of the store can act as a deterrent for thieves, as they may not try to steal anything if they know they are being watched. It also makes it more difficult for them to leave the store.
Security guards can also pose as customers, and walk round the store looking for any suspicious activity, which can then be reported to the store manager. Electronic security tagging can also help to alert staff that something has been stolen from their store.
Tags are placed on items which will be removed at the till when the item has been purchased. If the tag is still in place when an item passes through a scanner at the front of the store, then an alarm will sound. This type of system works best if there is a security guard at the front of the store.