Did you know that on average, only 1 out of every 48 shoplifters are caught? With sobering stats like these, it’s no wonder that billions of dollars are lost every year in the US due to shoplifters and others. For small business owners, these numbers can be especially alarming. Every penny counts, and crimes like these could be eating away at your bottom line.
You’ve probably been wondering how best to tackle this problem. When it comes to reducing theft, technology can be your best friend. Here are a few simple ways you can start preventing crime at your place of business.
Getting a smart lock can be your first and easiest line of defense against after-hour intrusions. Smart locks may sound fancy and high-tech, but it’s a pretty simple concept and there are several user-friendly brands to choose from. In basic terms, a smart lock is a gadget installed on your door that has WiFi capability. You can communicate with the lock and employ its different features remotely, although the features themselves will differ based on the level of security that the lock brings. Some locks can be activated remotely, have voice and camera options, and can even activate other smart devices within the building.
When you hear “security cameras,” do you still picture those large black cameras hoisted high into a corner, watching your every move? While today’s security cameras can still record your every move, they’re very different from the old ones in that they’re mostly wireless. Wireless security cameras have many advantages over traditional wired security cameras. The number one advantage is that since they’re wireless they’re also portable, and usually also have the capability to be monitored from anywhere, not just within a store.
While it isn’t a guaranteed method to prevent theft, having poor lighting can definitely increase a business’s chances of getting robbed. Criminals are more likely to do their work in the dark, so using technology to help brighten the surroundings may be a big help in preventing break-in.
Try options such as sensor lighting. Many new sensor lighting models can also be operated remotely over WiFi, letting you have greater control in monitoring the premises.
Theft is certainly a real problem, especially for small businesses. But thanks to advancements in technology, there are many new and effective options to keep your business safe. Take a look at the options available to you and stay safe!