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How to Protect Your Retail Store From Shoplifting

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 31, 2021 8:46:00 AM

There are ongoing reports of crime being down in Canada this past year. While that may be true on average for the country and provinces, some areas are seeing increases. 

One example is Vancouver, which saw a 260% increase in shoplifting involving a weapon in 2020 compared to 2019. And as restrictions are further reduced and more customers are allowed to be in stores at a time, it may become more difficult to monitor and reduce shoplifting, even in areas where there have been strong declines. 

So what can you do as a business owner to enhance retail security and better protect your staff and customers? Here are four tips for detecting and deterring shoplifters.

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Topics: Retail Security

16 Ways to Boost Retail Commercial Security and Prevent Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 5, 2021 11:06:12 AM

Preventing thefts in your retail store can be an entire job on its own, and with shoplifting on the rise securing your retail store is even more important. 

In 2019 there were 140,286 reported shoplifting incidents under $5,000 in Canada (this is compared to 99,907 in 2015).  And Western Canada accounted for more than 50 percent of these incidents. 

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Topics: Retail Security

Survey Reveals Rise in Vandalism and Retail Break-ins During the Pandemic

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 3, 2021 8:47:05 AM

A few months back, Vancity released a survey of the downtown strips in Victoria, Vancouver, Surrey and Kamloops. The results showed an increase in vandalism and retail break-ins and that retail businesses are greatly concerned about rising crime on the street.

You might think this goes against the lock-downs, and you are right that ‘feet on the street’ numbers are way down. In fact, Government Street in Victoria had one million fewer visits to the retail block but still retailers said their main concern was crime and safety.

If you are in this situation we understand the situation. Not only are retailers dealing with loss of revenue because of limited hours, closed locations, and other pandemic effects - but the pandemic has introduced more security issues. Closed stores, less people around, especially at night, has made store fronts vulnerable.

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Topics: Retail Security

Tips to Help Boost Your Retail Store Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 3, 2020 11:49:00 AM

Retailers are well aware of how costly and time consuming it is to manage loss prevention including: loss of inventory because of employee theft, customer theft, organized crime, counting errors, and damaged goods. The average retail chain owner spends 2% of sales dollars on loss prevention.

Sonitrol Western Canada, can help solve these retail security problems with a security solution custom designed for retailers focused on reducing theft, break and enter, and armed robbery.

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Topics: Retail Security

5 Top Tips to Keep Your Western Canada Retail Store Secure From Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 7, 2020 12:25:00 PM

As a retail store owner or manager, finding ways to improve the customer experience, open up new revenue streams and introduce new products are all important for the ongoing success of your business.

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Topics: Retail Security

Security Tips: Protecting Your Business From Crime While It’s Closed

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 30, 2020 12:22:00 PM

Current events regarding COVID-19 have led to an increase in business closures and more teams working remotely. That means a business security solution is more important than ever before. 

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Topics: Retail Security, Small Business Security, Office Building Security, Government Building Security, Restaurant Security

How to Protect Your Liquor Store From Brazen Alcohol Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 3, 2020 11:00:00 AM

A proper security solution is essential for any business across Western Canada, but perhaps none more so than liquor stores based in Alberta. That’s because over the past year there has been a huge spike in alcohol theft across the province.

The AGLC - the Government of Alberta’s Crown commercial enterprise and agency that oversees the liquor industry in the province - has released a statement warning liquor licensees of an increase in “brazen” liquor thefts in Alberta.

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Topics: Retail Security

How Good is Your Retail Store Security?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 19, 2019 9:02:00 AM

Retail sales are set to boom as we move into the festive holiday season, but are you protecting your profits with a robust retail store security solution? Unfortunately, many retail store owners are not.

That’s why shoplifting accounts for up to $5 billion a year in losses for Canadian retailers, according to a 2018 estimate from the Retail Council of Canada.

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Topics: Retail Security

10 Tips That Will Help Retailers Minimize Crime This Holiday Season

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

In just a few weeks, we will be getting into the swing of the holiday season. Upcoming events include Thanksgiving, Diwali, Halloween, Singles’ Day, Black Friday, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and each of these will involve some combination of family meals, décor, gift exchanging and dressing to the nines.

As a retailer, this means more business and increased cash flow. However, it also means an increased risk for retail theft and other criminal acts - both internally and externally.

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Topics: Retail Security

With Shoplifting on the Rise in Alberta, How Can I Secure My Retail Store?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 23, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Do you own a retail business in Alberta? If so, you’ll probably know just how important it is to implement a security plan that properly protects your assets, your employees and your livelihood from theft.

This is even more important after new figures from Statistics Canada found a surge in shoplifting in Calgary - part of a growing trend across Alberta and Canada as a whole. In fact, shoplifting was largely responsible for Calgary’s growing crime rate last year.

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Topics: Retail Security

Protecting Your Employees and Your Retail Business From Workplace Violence – it’s Your Responsibility

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 16, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Are you a retail business owner? Have you witnessed violence in your workplace? Did you know that violence in the workplace costs the British Columbia (BC) retail industry almost a million dollars a year in worker’s compensation alone? Not only that, but millions more are lost in missing merchandise, stolen money and property damage? 

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Topics: Retail Security

How to Secure Your Retail Business During the Holiday Season

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 26, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The time between Thanksgiving and New Years is a time for celebration, delicious meals and catching up with the people who are most important to you. However, with the good comes the bad and the holiday season also means an increased need for security at your retail store. 

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Topics: Retail Security

Organized Retail Crime - Combat the Risk with Comprehensive Store Security by Sonitrol

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 22, 2018 10:23:53 AM

 “Organized retail crime continues to be one of the biggest challenges to retailers of all sizes,” NRF Vice President for Loss Prevention Bob Moraca said in a statement. “These crimes happen across the country every day, with criminals getting smarter, more brazen, more aggressive and sometimes even attacking store employees and shoppers. Fighting ORC is a full-time job, and retailers must learn how to stay a step ahead of these thieves.” Security Info Watch, 2017

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Topics: Retail Security

Retail Security in the Busy Holiday Period

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Retail Security in the Busy Holiday Period “The average shrink percentage in the retail industry is about 2% of sales. While that may not sound like a lot, consider that shrinkage cost retailers more than $49 billion in losses in 2016, according to the National Retail Security Survey on retail theft. So if your retail store did $1M in sales with 50% gross margins, your shrinkage at just 2% cost you $10,000 - that's significant.” (The Balence, 2017).

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Topics: Retail, Retail Security

8 Businesses That Need Video Security Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 4, 2017 6:05:37 AM

Monitored and verified CCTV / video security systems ensure your business is protected. Anytime you're not watching, criminals will seize the chance to act.

CCTV surveillance can be used to protect companies in a number of industries. Surveillance doesn’t just mean installing a CCTV camera. The system needs to be monitored and alarms verified, otherwise a CCTV camera is just a recording device.

Here are 8 businesses that can benefit greatly from the use of monitored and verified CCTV and video security systems.

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Topics: Automotive, Fenced Compounds, Restaurants, Commercial Security, CCTV, Copper Theft, Construction Security, Retail Security, Office Building Security, Church, Dealerships, Security for Pharmacies

Keyless Entry Security Is A Better Way In And Out

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 20, 2017 12:37:27 PM

When an employee misplaces their key to your business, it should never be taken lightly. A lost key not only puts your business at greater risk for trespassing, vandalism, and theft, it can also put your employees at risk if they are at the office when a criminal gains access. 

That's why it's critical that misplaced keys are reported immediately and that access to the affected areas be changed - the longer you wait, the longer you risk that someone will use the key.

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Topics: Keyless Access Control, Commercial Security, Retail Security, Keyless Entry, Managed Access Control, Professional Office Seccurity, Office Building Security, Dealerships, Building Access Control

Protect Your Business With the 5 D's of Commercial Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 10, 2017 7:15:47 AM

Business owners are right to be concerned about the security of their facility and property. Businesses are the number one targets for crime. The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association estimates that property crime averages 75% of all crime committed. 

It's true that some types of commercial enterprises are more attractive to thieves because of what they sell or inventory - medical marijuana, jewelry, electronics, to name a few, but even if you aren't in high-end retail, don't be fooled into thinking you are safe. Thieves break into constructions sites, tire warehouses, fenced compounds, and even ordinary business offices, to steal information like employee data for identify theft.

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Topics: Fenced Compounds, Commercial Security, Legal Marijuana Grow-Op Security, Construction Security, Retail Security, Office Building Security, CCTV Video Surveillance, Building Access Control, Criminal Apprehension

6 Ways to Prevent Inventory Loss With Retail Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 5, 2017 10:57:37 AM

Inventory shrinkage is a huge problem for retailers. In fact, Canadian retailers lose about $4 billion a year to theft, errors and damage. Retailers are constantly looking for ways to reduce their losses - from eliminating shoplifting, to reducing internal errors in shipping and accounting.

Sometimes the risk of inventory loss can outweigh a retailer’s resources for managing it.

That's where we can help. I'd like to share with you 5 tips that will help you better manage your inventory and prevent loss.

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Topics: Retail, CCTV, Retail Security, Managed Access Control, CCTV Video Surveillance

3 Last Minute Retail Safety Checks Before Black Friday

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 18, 2016 10:30:44 AM

In last week's blog we talked a lot about security solutions retail stores should take into consideration to prevent theft, especially right before the holiday season gets under way. This week I want to focus more on the security of your staff and customers. Product theft is obviously a key goal that we all want to prevent, but the number one concern should always be the protection of those working and shopping at your store’s location.

 Let’s go over 3 different security measures that you, as the employer, should review, and act on as we enter this hectic holiday season to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

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Topics: Retail, Retail Security, Security Tips

Be Proactive With Your Retail Security This Holiday Season

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The chaos of the holiday season has already begun. The number of shoppers walking the malls and the streets will grow substantially and rapidly over the next few weeks.  

Soon your sales people will be too busy to monitor for loss prevention because they will be too busy assisting customers. Whether they're running to the back room to get a certain size, operating the till or just being bombarded with questions, it will be impossible for your employees to monitor your store 100%. This is the time of year where retail theft is at its highest and you want to keep your inventory shrink to an absolute minimum. So what do you do?

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Topics: Retail, Retail Security, Security Tips

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