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Camera System > Being Bear Sprayed

Before working in the security industry, I (Nathan) spent eight years working as a manager at a couple of different local retailers. Believe me, when I say, I’ve seen it all when it comes to people trying to walk away with products…without paying. I remember one time specifically when someone stole a product, darted through the emergency exit and used Bear Spray through the cracks so no one would follow them but guess who was on the receiving end of that encounter? Me (!) and it was not a fun trip to the hospital afterward. A working security camera system is definitely a deterrent for thieves but that’s not the only reason to have one. If you’re on the fence about adding a security system to your business, keep reading and let’s see if you’ll be convinced by the end…

Knock, Knock, Who’s There?

Never overlook the importance of having a security camera installed near your store entrance. If you’re limited to one camera, this is the one to have as it’s going to give you the best facial recognition shot which you can use to alert your staff or pass onto police. You can use this photo to let your staff know this criminal is not welcome in your store by either sending out staff communication or posting in your staff room.

No Money Heist Here

Watch your tills! As business owners, our best business practices ensure we aim to hire loyal, trustworthy and honest employees, therefore, the focus with these cameras is not about watching your staff but protecting your assets. A camera filming the till can catch credit card fraud, fake bills and price switchers – all of which are a growing concern. Often your till area can be the busiest part of your store so having the ability to review footage, even in slow motion, will be extremely helpful.

Catch ‘em in the act   

Watching your high traffic areas is essential to protecting your products. If your business is regularly doing inventory counts, you will know your high shrink areas which is where you want to focus your cameras. By being specific and having those cameras focus in on your high loss inventory, you can check your inventory after a few days or weeks to see if any items are missing. Is there an unexplained loss of inventory? By counting your high loss inventory on a regular basis, you will be able to pinpoint theft activity much more easily. These cameras will be paying for themselves in no time!

 

To summarize, having a professional grade camera system installed in your store will create a safe work environment, deter theft and reduce the loss of inventory. We call that a WIN-WIN-WIN!

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