5 Ways To Help Prevent Shoplifting

September 12th, 2019



Any retail business that sells small, portable products such as food, electronics, or even clothing knows that that theft through shoplifting is an ever-present risk. While security cameras do a good job helping to prevent this there are a few other things you can do as a cautious business owner to reduce the risk of being victimized.

Use An Entrance Sensor

This is especially important for smaller businesses that may only have one person working a counter. It may sound irritating to hear a chime whenever someone enters the outlet and leaves, but it’s one of the best ways to alert employees that someone has entered the premises. This makes it easier for employees to keep an eye on people when they enter, as well as know that it’s time to provide assistance if they’re in the back room.

Watch For Shoplifting Behavior

While some shoplifters are extremely proficient at theft, many are not. Keep an eye out for obvious indicators, such as someone wearing very large clothing that can conceal many things, or standing in an aisle, loitering and not appearing to do much of anything. There are plenty of ways that less adept shoplifters give themselves away.

Don’t Stereotype

If you think there’s a specific “type” of a shoplifter, and only keep a close eye on the people that meet your bias, you may be missing out the real thieves that are regularly stealing from your store. For example, statistics to show that a majority of shoplifters are middle-aged and employed. If you’re spending too much time watching the teenage boy, you may completely miss the old lady that is helping herself to putting things in her purse.

Track Your Times

This will be different for different businesses, but it’s not unusual for there to a be “prime time” when the risk of shoplifting is much higher. Depending on the type of customers and the hours your business runs, this could be in the dead of night, or it could be just after school ends. If you and your staff pay attention to when you’re noticing more inventory disappearing, you can coordinate that to see times shoplifting is occurring and be better prepared to shut it down.

Be Explicit About Security

A deterrent is only good if the people you are trying to deter know about it. If you have a security system in place, make sure you advertise this. Put signs up that let people know they are being monitored, You may even want to include a monitor that shows the views of the different cameras, especially if you know your coverage is complete and there are no blind spots. People don’t want to get caught, so if you are very public about the fact that they are putting themselves at high risk, they will deter themselves.

Of course, having a good security system in place can make the biggest difference of all. If you want to make sure you’re protecting your investment, All American Protection might be able to help. Contact us and let us know you’re looking for a better security solution.