Summer Retail Theft: How to Protect Your Shop

Katelyn SmrecanskySecurity Resources

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As the weather gets nicer, retail shops will often leave their windows and doors open, as well as leave merchandise outside to provide an open air shopping experience for customers. But did you know that according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, employee theft and shoplifting in the United States costs businesses more than $50 billion a year?Loss Prevention - Outdoor DisplayStatistics also show that shoplifting increases in the summer. One theory is that the increase is due to kids being out of school with nothing to do and finding ways to get into trouble. But, it’s not just young people who are shoplifting. Shoplifting can happen to anyone, by anyone; often by people just looking for a thrill or maybe because they are desperate. Sadly, most shops lose thousands upon thousands of dollars (if not more) a year from shoplifters alone.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
Loss prevention experts agree that there are certain traits to look for in potential shoplifters. They may appear nervous or avoid eye contact. Additionally, they may focus on areas that are unmonitored by staff or they may keep track of employee movement. Be sure to train your employees so they know exactly what to look for.

Employees should follow these retail loss prevention techniques:
  • Display appropriate “Shoplifters will be prosecuted” signage
  • Greet every customer who walks in the door
  • Install security mirrors for more secluded areas or areas with higher shelving
  • Discuss suspicious persons with other nearby shops
  • Keep your store clean and organized so you can better keep track of inventory
  • Contact security, if possible, when they suspect a shoplifter
PROTECTING YOUR MERCHANDISE Retail loss preventionPutting your merchandise outside or even leaving your door open is a welcome invitation to thieves. When stores are crowded and there are a lot of people around, it’s can be hard to keep track of who is in your store. This is especially true 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.

ADDING A RETAIL SECURITY SYSTEMRetail security systemOne of the best ways to prevent theft in your retail shop is to have a retail security system installed which can thwart thieves before they even attempt to steal. Secure Pacific can help maximize the protection of your merchandise and safety of employees.

Below are just some of the ways Secure Pacific can help: Contact us today for more loss prevention tips and to learn more about how we can help protect your retail shop. To read the rest of the summer newsletter click here.