Summer Retail Thieves

Katelyn Smrecansky Security Resources

As the weather gets nicer, retail shops will often leave their windows and doors open and leave merchandise outside to provide an open air shopping experience for customers. But did you know that employee theft and shoplifting in the United States costs businesses more than $50 billion a year? Statistics also show that shoplifting increases in the summer because kids are out of school and often looking for something to do which sometimes equates to getting into trouble. It’s not just young people who are shoplifting, however. Shoplifting can happen to anyone, by anyone, often by people just looking for a thrill or maybe because they are desperate. Sadly, a vast number of shops lose thousands upon thousands of dollars (if not more) a year from shoplifters alone.

Putting your merchandise outside or even leaving your door open is a welcome invitation to thieves. Especially when stores are more crowded and there are a lot of people around, it’s hard to keep track of who is in your store. Especially since most of your time will likely be spent inside the shop, not outside where you could better monitor outside shoppers. It is advised that you keep your merchandise and content inside with the doors closed, no matter the weather.

One of the best ways to prevent theft in your retail shop is to have security cameras installed which can thwart thieves before they even attempt to steal. Sonitrol Pacific can help maximize the protection of your merchandise and safety of employees. Below are just some of the ways Sonitrol Pacific can help.
• Provide the ability to view live surveillance video of what is going on at your store with your computer or smartphone, at any time.
• Panic buttons for employees behind the counter in the event of an emergency like shoplifting or something even more dangerous. An employee could discreetly and quietly push the button to call for help.
Intrusion detection systems to help keep your inventory safe and secure.

Contact us today to set up a free security assessment and to learn more about how we can help protect your retail shop and give you better piece of mind.

Summer Retail Thieves