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5 Tips To Increase Your Restaurant Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 12, 2016 2:30:00 PM

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The competitor down the street is not the only threat to your business. Your restaurant is vulnerable to vandalism, break-ins, hold-ups, employee theft, and even freezer failures. Protecting your assets and inventory from these types of threats is not easy, so we've come up with a few tips to help you improve your restaurant, bar, or lounge security.Whether you own a high-volume club/ lounge, a chain of family-themed restaurant, or a 5-star fine-dining establishment, you will want to make sure your security is up to par - but also tailored to fit your specific needs.

1. Controlled Access

A base-level lock and key for entry points may not be sufficient for your needs. Keys are susceptible to loss, theft, and copying. Locks are easily compromised by picking or bumping. A more secure solution is having keyless controlled access at your entry points as well as any secure areas. This allows you to strictly control which employees have access to which areas and when.

2. Secure Valuable Inventory

Valuable or high-priced items like certain food, liquor, and cash, should be stored in a separate secure area - also with controlled access.

3. Sufficient Lighting

Dark or insufficiently lit areas in or around your restaurant will present an opportunity for theft, vandalism, and break-ins. Having external lights especially can help deter any criminal activity from taking place.

4. Secure Any Outdoor Assets

If you have outdoor furniture or storage, make sure these items and areas are secured and monitored as well.

5. CCTV & Alarm Systems

Install a high-quality verified alarm and CCTV system, such as Sonitrol's Security Systems. These not only deter thieves, but if a break-in or theft DOES take place, you can ensure that police will be dispatched swiftly to apprehend the perpetrators. CCTV can also deter employee theft, dine-and-dashers, and violent situations like bar-fights.

6. Implement Employee Training

It's important that you make sure employees are properly trained from the start. They should be familiar with your security procedures, systems, and policies. They should be trained in what to do in the case of a hold-up or other emergency. They should also have a way to anonymously report theft or inventory shrink.

There are a few things to consider when you are deciding on a security solution for your restaurant:


What type of restaurant are you?

Your security needs will be different if you are a busy lounge/club or a 5-star dining establishment. Some types of restaurants might be more frequently targeted when thieves assume they are busier and therefore have more cash on hand.

How large is your restaurant?

The actual square footage will play a part in how vulnerable you are. Do you have areas that are not frequented by employees or in a blind spot which presents a theft or break-in opportunity? If so, you will need to adjust your security needs accordingly.

How many employees are there at any given time?

The more employees you have, the less opportunity you provide for break-ins and internal theft. If your restaurant doesn't have a large amount of employees, you may need more CCTV options to eliminate blind-spots.

Do you own a stand-alone building?

If you are leasing a property in a mall or attached to a larger building, you security solution will be different than if you have a separated building with an entire perimeter that you need to secure.

Are you in a high-risk area?

Is your neighbourhood at high risk for theft, break-ins, or hold ups? If so, you might consider a more thorough / comprehensive approach to your security.

What sort of cash handling procedures do you have?

Is there one designated spot for handling and processing cash or is there multiple registers? You might need to place more CCTV's or panic buttons to protect these vulnerable areas.

What are your remote monitoring requirements?

Do you need to have access to CCTV feeds to monitor your restaurant and employees remotely?

What does your Insurance company require?

Many insurance companies will outline the specific minimum requirements for security and alarm systems. Make sure you are familiar with these policies.

For over 50 years, Sonitrol has served the hospitality and restaurant industry. We have innovative security solutions that are tailored to your business's specific needs. From CCTV to freezer monitoring, we are able to offer a complete solution!

Complete Protection

CCTV - We can monitor movement indoors and outdoors with security cameras. This deters internal theft, damage or destruction of property, and discourages vandalism.

Sound Based Alarms - Sonitrol alarms are sound-based — not motion-based — so we are able to hear a break-in in progress and report live details to the responding police. T

Panic Buttons - In addition to perimeter protection and break-in detection, our intrusion system also includes strategically placed hold-up alarms or panic buttons to help protect employees and patrons in the event of a robbery.

Freezer/Cooler Monitoring - We protect your valuable inventory from unanticipated damage, with technology that allows you to monitor cooler and freezer temperatures 24/7, alerting you immediately of any rise in temperature.

Controlled Access - Easy-to-use expandable technology allows you to track and control entry to your facility and sensitive areas, such as liquor, food, and cash storage areas.

Why Choose Sonitrol Western Canada?

Industry Expertise - You need someone you can trust to get the job done right, and Sonitrol Western Canada over 50 years experience serving this industry.

Innovative Technology - Sonitrol’s state-of-the-art audio detection technology is superior to anything on the market today. Complimented with Sonavision Active/Verified video, fire alarm protection, and managed access control, Sonitrol can offer a full suite of security protection.

Proven Results - No one can match Sonitrol’s results; the numbers speak for themselves. Criminals apprehended using Sonitrol technology: 170,000 and climbing!

Guarantee -  We provide our customers with leading edge technology and quality service backed by our unique Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!

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About Sonitrol Western Canada

We're so confident in our technology and responsive service, that no one else in the industry can match our guarantee.  Our unique verified audio and CCTV video business security solutions enable our operators to hear and see what is happening in your business before the criminals gain entry!!  We verify the actual source of the alarm, and we get the police to attend the scene immediately.  FOR A FREE SECURITY AUDIT, click here, or call 1-866-766-4876 - We are a security company with over 150 offices across North America serving clients across Western Canada in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon.   

Sonitrol Western Canada, with its Verified Electronic Security Systems, is committed to providing customers with the most comprehensive security protection.  Cooperation in the elimination of false alarms is not only beneficial to the system’s user, but results in better protection of the entire community by allowing law enforcement to use their resources as efficiently as possible.

Topics: Security Tips, Restaurant Security

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

We provide our customers with the best commercial security solutions and quality service backed by our unique Guarantee and Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!

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