Whether you own a restaurant, a retail store, an accountancy or any other business, if you have employees and customers, you can lose inventory. Not all loss can be accounted for. Not all loss can be prevented. However, theft on a larger scale is mostly preventable and that’s what this article is all about!
According to Loss Prevention Media one sure way to limit your losses is to remove the opportunity for malicious loss
Individuals typically consider four questions before embarking on an act of theft.
First, what is the risk of being caught?
Second, how easy will it be to carry out the act?
Third, is the likely reward worthwhile?
Four, if I do get caught, what is the likely punishment?
Once we have a better understanding of how and why theft takes place, we can go about putting systems in place to prevent theft from happening.
I would think you’d agree with me that preventing theft is better than catching a thief in the act.
Therefore the first tips deal with prevention:
The next tips deal with catching a thief in the act of stealing (in case your ‘warning signs’ didn’t work)
Not all theft can be prevented.
Not all thieves can be caught.
However, having a clear plan in place on how to handle situations as they occur will help tremendously. Investing a bit of money into your business for a security system, surveillance cameras and loss prevention employees might in the end, save you money, and time and lots of headaches along the way.
🔴 If you are a business owner with a restaurant, there are some very specific challenges you deal with, least of all security and safety of your staff and location.
🔴 If you offer outdoor seating at your restaurant, that restaurant patio will come with its own security and safety issues (as you might already know if you own such a venture).
🔴 If you are new to owning a restaurant, or need to fix some ongoing safety and security issues, and are interested in adding a patio, read on!
Staff and customer safety should be most important, so let us start with potential restaurant patio safety concerns. Here are some safety concerns to consider.
If you allow smoking on your restaurant patio, be prepared for potential fire safety issues. You will need to provide portable ashtrays and have a fire safety plan in place for your employees and review this plan often, especially with newly hired help. Also, have a fire extinguisher on hand and its location clearly marked.
These heaters are great for extending your outdoor seating season. They are also a great attraction to (young) children yet they are so dangerous as they can burn someone so quickly! Review the location of each heater and make sure your staff is fully aware and trained to avoid hitting these hot heaters while serving your customers. Having a designated ‘heater patrol’ staff member for each shift will prevent accidents like accidental overheating or leaving these heaters on overnight.
Not all furniture that states it is ‘Indoor/Outdoor’ furniture is suited for outdoor use. Metal furniture can heat up in the sun and cause burns. The glare off of glass table tops can also burn customers, or if the glass breaks it can cause a big problem for your customers and staff alike. Cushions that aren’t water repellant or aren’t meant to use outside can produce mold and mildew and untreated wood furniture like picnic tables that aren’t finished, can cause splinters. Just be cautious as you pick the outdoor furniture for your patio and be diligent as to keeping it clean and functional.
Certain plants and trees are poisonous. Make sure to speak with a master gardener who is familiar with your local flora and can steer you towards the right plants, trees and shrubs to plant near and on your patio. Even common house plants can be poisonous and have poisonous leaves. It would only take a minute for a child, or a pet, to eat these and get sick.
As far as safety is concerned, allowing dogs on your outdoor seating area, your restaurant patio, can land you in a precarious situation. The most important thing to remember is to have a pet policy in place and train your staff to adhere to this policy, no matter what you decide – to allow or to disallow. If you do allow dogs on your outdoor seating area, have water dishes handy and even some dog-friendly treats on the menu. Be aware that trained service animals should never be denied access to your restaurant.
If you patio is near a road, or near water, make sure to have adequate fencing or any type of barrier in place, as well as clearly marked warning signs. Parents with small children should be made aware of the dangers of the traffic and/or water nearby as to keep a close eye on them.
Now that you understand some of the restaurant patio safety concerns, let’s look at the security issues.
The main security issue of an outdoor seating area or restaurant patio is theft. This can mean people leaving without paying, or theft of cash and furniture. A close second security issue is personal safety.
Here are some deterrents and equipment to help you keep your restaurant patio, and your outdoor staff, secure at all times.
Security cameras trained on your personnel can keep them safe from harm, but it can also help you keep your business secure as you can monitor your staff at the cash register, the bar, the kitchen etc. preventing mistakes and theft.
Security cameras on the patio can help monitor your outdoor area for theft and vandalism during off hours, when the restaurant is closed. Tie the cameras into your security system and you should be able to monitor this area in real time, for example using the Honeywell Total Connect™ app.
We have found that most outdoor seating areas do not have a point of sale area; those are mostly left inside for obvious security reasons. However, your staff does work outside and their safety and security is important enough that you should consider adding panic buttons in strategic areas (easy to reach, easy to disguise) on your patio in case of an assault, fight, theft, or robbery. Training your staff will be important for these panic buttons to be effective.
Lights add a layer of security – no criminal wants to be in the spotlight! We suggest you instal motion-sensitive floodlights on your patio to trigger when trespassers enter the private patio area during off hours.
Enjoy your summer – enjoy your outdoor seating, but above all, enjoy a thriving business without safety or security issues!
We do! We think you do as well.
We bet you read a lot about security then, to make sure you are up-to-date on all the latest and newest gadgets and features of your favorite brands.
We at Strand Security in the Myrtle Beach area care about your safety and security as it’s our business!
We realized years ago that knowledge is power, so we started a blog – this blog – to educate our customers, our local community and those who are interested in home security at large.
Can you believe this is article #85 on our Strand Security blog?! Slow and steady ‘wins’ the race – point in case; we are recently added to the Top 100 home security blogs & websites aka “The Best Home Security Blogs on the Planet”
If you want to check out the other 100 top security blogs, we are cool with that, of course. We do pride ourselves on providing our blog readers with the best security information, updates on the latest features and news about new gadgets and new products available to you, the customer.
We can’t let this opportunity go by without serving up our best and Top 5 Strand Security Articles!
These have been our most popular and well-read articles, enjoy and share.
“Planning for emergencies is not an easy thing to do, since, well… they happen when you least expect it! However, having a PLAN does help you ‘take control’ of the unexpected, as far as that’s possible.”
“While you are patiently waiting for the day to arrive that you can leave, burglars are also patiently waiting! They are waiting for homeowners like you to make simple mistakes that give them the opportunity to burglarize your home while you are away.
Did you know that over 2 million homes are broken into each year in the USA? Did you know that a large chunk of those home invasions happen during the summer months of June, July and August?”
“We love having these Sonos speakers in our office and our home. We always have great quality sounds whenever and wherever we want it. These speakers are also great if you have an outdoor kitchen or a pool, a restaurant or entertainment venue. They are easy to set up, easy to use and come with a great app. Of course, being able to stream Apple Music doesn’t hurt one bit!”
“I want to share with you my very personal story about an armed robbery, in hope of bringing awareness to the importance of security and self-defense. It has taken me almost six years to get to this point – being able to tell my story without breaking down. I know it’s time to share it with you though, so that even if only ONE person can learn enough to survive an armed attack, it’s all worth it.”
5) 5 Reasons Why Security Cameras Rock!
“We hear this question all the time. “Do I really need security cameras?” and “Is having my security alarm system not enough on its own?” The answer might surprise you. Having a security system is a huge deterrent to would-be thieves so yes, in theory, it’s all you’ll need. However, and of course there’s a however, security cameras add additional value to your system and once you understand what that value is, we guarantee you’ll want them!”
If you have questions about our services, a product or anything else pertaining to security and safety, please ask us!
If you are a parent, there comes a time in your life when your teenager(s) comes and goes without you – this often happens once they get their driver’s license and start driving themselves!
(If you have younger children – rejoice you’re not there, yet.)
Once teenagers get a taste of this independence, they come and go at odd times, often working after school, playing sports or meeting with friends for fun or schoolwork.
When the kids are younger, parents are in charge of locking up at night.
Locking up the home.
Setting the alarm.
Locking up the cars.
Locking the garage door.
However, when you add teenager(s) to the mix, and their ability to forget everything your tell them in about 5 seconds…
Now is a great time to set up a few safety rules for your family’s overall safety and security; call a family meeting!
Who will lock up at night?
Before you can make that determination, you need a family meeting and a family calendar.
Once you know everyone’s schedule you will know who will come home last and should at least close and lock up the garage.
Don’t forget to include a discussion about locking up the house and setting the security alarm each time they come and go, during the day or night. Teenagers can and should shoulder that responsibility along with you. If they arrive home to an unarmed home, their security and safety is at risk. Always teach your children how to arm the home before leaving and how to disarm it once coming home. They should also know how to speak to the operator of the monitoring company in case they set off a false alarm.
Two more things to discuss with teens about home security.
For your family’s safety and security, you need to do a perimeter check every evening.
This includes checking all entry and exit points, making sure windows and doors are not just closed, but locked as well. Don’t forget your glass sliding doors, your porch doors and your garage doors.
We also recommend checking your children’s windows to make sure they are still locked as sometimes kids play with those locks and unless you check, you’d never know whether they have stayed locked, or have been unintentionally unlocked.
Once the indoor perimeter check is done, arm your home.
Even if not all your family members are home yet, it’s a great habit to get into; to arm the system even when you are home, and especially at night.
If you’ve purchased an alarm system, have paid for installation and are paying a monthly monitoring fee, why NOT use the system to keep your loved ones safe and sound at home, right?
It’s just plain smart!
You’d be surprised how many homeowners fail to set their alarm systems on a daily basis.
Don’t be caught unaware!
Be safe and secure at home, always!
Stop. Wonder no more! Research no more!
You’ve found it! The answer to many of your questions and the place to ask more questions. We are right here in the Myrtle Beach area. We are local and we have the answers to your security questions!
For your convenience, we have compiled a list of 5 reasons you might have never thought of! These are 5 reasons you do NOT need a security system! How cool is that?
We know that many (new) home owners struggle with this issue – to install or not to install and we decided to make this easy on you. Just check off any of the reasons and if even just one applies, don’t get an alarm system for you home or business.
Everything you own can be replaced, including your antiques and heirlooms. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve worked for it, or how much money you spent on it, or who gave it to you – you are perfectly willing to part with any and all items in your home. Whether you lose them because of a home invasion, a burglary or a fire, you are good!
You don’t mind dealing with your home owners insurance to try to replace stolen valuables and broken windows, locks and doors. You don’t mind having to pay your deductible out-of-pocket and you honestly don’t mind spending hours arguing with your insurance over claims.
You have a concealed weapon’s permit and you carry your weapon on you at all times, wherever you go, even in your home. You carry it on you and even when you sleep it’s on your person. You have it loaded – ready to use even in the dark of night. You don’t need a security alarm to sound if an intruder where to enter your home. You sleep on one ear for the very reason!
You trust every single employee you hire right from day one; you trust them with merchandise, your customers and your money. Without training your staff, you just know they will do right by you and your company. You also know they would never (unintentionally) leave a door or window unlocked when they lock up for the night because you know they care as much about your business as you do!
You are home every night of every week of every year and you just never leave your home unattended at night. Why would you ever leave? You work from home so your home is never unattended. How cool is that? Grocery trips and shopping trips to the mall are short and sweet because you know, your home needs you!
All craziness set aside…
You need a security system if you value your home, your business and your family!
Security systems do more than ‘alert you’ when your system is breached!
✓ Call for emergency services when you are incapacitated
✓ Alert the home owner when not home
✓ Alert the business owner when not at work
✓ Allow you to monitor your property via your smartphone
✓ Can turn your home into a Smart Home
Give Chuck a call today!
It could just be the case that a nosy neighbor is keeping tabs on you.
It could be someone in your life who’s holding a grudge.
It could be that no one is watching your home right now.
It could also be a seasoned criminal, who is watching your every move, ready to strike when you least expect it.
We at Strand Security are the THE BEST locally-owned and locally-operated Security Alarm Dealer and Installers.
That’s why we employ COPS monitoring to handle the complex, demanding job of monitoring your premises, around the clock.
Here are just a few of the reasons why we know COPS Monitoring is the best(as well as one of the largest and most advanced) in the industry!
Their mission is as follows:
to put highly trained caring dispatchers together with state-of-the-art technology
Curious? Here is what happens each time something is triggered.
We hope it COPS Monitoring!
We count on COPS Monitoring to keep us, our family and our business safe!
Who do you count on?
An HD camera, of High Def Camera as they are also called, sounds fancy but what is it, really?
“HD is a type of megapixel camera. All HD cameras are megapixel but not all megapixel cameras are HD.”
These cameras are slowly replacing the older SD cameras many people still have.
We found this article that explains it really well and instead of pulling out quotes, we recommend you read it in its entirety if you are interested in knowing the difference between an HD camera and a megapixel camera.
This is a loaded question!
“We want you to be safe” is the standard answer but there is so much more to having security cameras than safety in your place of business and your home!
In ‘5 reasons why security cameras rock‘ we touched on the following 5 reasons.
» Signs of installed system deters would-be thieves
» Sound of active system deters would-be thieves
» Almost instant notification of authorities when needed
» Peace of mind knowing help is on the way
» Your home and/or business is protected and monitored even when you aren’t there
In ‘How to protect you home while you travel the world‘ we touched om installing security cameras wired into your security system to get a live feed of your home or business while you are away!
In ‘Don’t become a victim of holiday package thieves‘ we explore how security cameras capture crime and criminals in the act, in real time or on tape, aiding the police in capture of the criminals.
In ‘A mandatory evacuation leaves your home unattended, or does it?‘ we point out that security cameras can be your eyes and ears on your home and business when you are forced out of your home. Whether you neighborhood is evacuated due to a bomb threat, fire or a natural disaster, with security cameras in place you’d be able to check in on your home in real time!
Last but not least let us look at ‘3 ways camera surveillance protects your small business‘.
Let’s look a this quote:
In the correct application HD and megapixel cameras can be of great advantage as well as cost effective. Because of the pixel density in this technology it is possible to look at large areas while maintaining the detail that would require multiple SD cameras. This pixel density can allow the ability to zoom into the scene live or for forensic review, giving the system greater flexibility and performance. How much you can zoom into the scene is determined by the area being viewed and the pixel density.
Now let’s look at the application
To illustrate this, consider the application of wanting to view license plates within a scene. This typically requires 50 pixels per horizontal foot for a clear, readable image. With a SD camera the largest viewable area that maintains 50 pixels per foot is 10 ft. wide. Compare that with a 1.3MP or 720p camera at 25 ft., a 2MP or 1080p at 30 ft., 41 ft. with a 3MP and 51 ft. with a 5MP. In this example it is possible to replace as many as five SD cameras with one megapixel camera. Not only is this a savings on cameras but also cable, labor and any accessories needed for the camera installation. Instead of five cable pulls there is one — and only one time up the ladder, one camera to focus, one camera to maintain. The savings can add up quickly.
There you have it!
Besides being able to get a clearer image off of the footage, replacing (or installing) SD security cameras with HD cameras saves you money because you need fewer cameras to do the same job and that also means you save money on installation, maintenance and up keep!
Talk to Chuck at Strand Security today to get yours installed!
Well… we at Strand Security are bold, and we are correct!
We certainly do have TWO of the best priced security systems on the Grand Strand – each one of these two alarm systems will set you back exactly $0!
Yes, check out what is going on at Strand Security this holiday season!
We are giving away TWO security systems to two lucky recipients and they each will pay all of $0: Nothing. Nada. Zero.
This is our 2nd annual security system give-away because we love to give back to the community!
Our tagline is ‘Your Security. Our Business’ and we mean it.
We love our customers!
Here are the THREE lucky families who received a free alarm system from Strand Security in Myrtle Beach as well as a full year of monitoring by C.O.P.S. last December!
Will your face and name be on one of these announcements THIS year?
If you don’t enter, you don’t get a chance at a FREE system and FREE monitoring!
Your friend who lives in a secure neighborhood.
Your neighbor who owns a small business.
Your brother who runs a restaurant.
If you are curious if you can afford a security system, check out this article.
Anyone who needs an alarm system or wants one, should be able to have one!
Security (and safety) is our business!
Won’t you nominate someone today?
The give-away runs until December 14 and as stated before TWO lucky recipients will receive a security systems as well as a full year of free monitoring!
Free is good, right?
This is what we are dealing with in Myrtle Beach right now as Hurricane Hermine is rolling in this Friday afternoon.
Pretty scary road conditions, right? And according to the local Myrtle Beach news stations and the Weather Channel, this is JUST the beginning.
This is also ‘just’ a category 1 hurricane turned tropical storm by the time it fully hits the Grand Strand.
Are you prepared for when the next storm hits?
What if the next one is the big one?
If you are new to the area or if you’ve never lived in a hurricane zone before now, you might never have experienced a mandatory evacuation before and let us tell you; it’s scary to leave everything you have behind – everything but what fits into your car.
Depending on where you live and your flood zone, you might be one of the first families asked to leave.
There are many ways to prepare for a possible evacuation and all we can say is; plan, prepare and be ready!
But once you leave… it might be a while before you allowed back into your neighborhood!
Well, most people don’t know how things are back home once they evacuate! It’s one of the more scary things to encounter during hurricane season – beside losing power, flash floods, falling trees and loss of electricity… just to name a few things that can go wrong.
Here’s another scary thing about the mandatory evacuation; your neighbors will be evacuating as well and no one can keep an eye on your home and your property, or can they?
You heard that right!
You can do this from your phone or tablet and from the safety of a dry, warm hotel room or a relatives’ home; far, far away from the path of the destructive hurricane!
With Honeywell Total Connect you’ll have peace of mind like few others have when a hurricane rolls in!
Have a plan and be safe!
If you are a business owner, you will most likely have additional worries and concerns during a mandatory evacuation! It’s imperative to the continued success of your business that you not only have a security system in place during the next hurricane that rolls in, but that you also have a set of security cameras to record and show you in real time what’s happening in your business.
The only world we need to mention is ‘looting‘ and you’ll know what we are talking about!
Please let us know how we may help keep you and yours safe and secure!
If you’ve made the decision to protect those you love and those you are responsible for – your family and your employees, and it’s time to get a security system – or to update one – there are some things you need to do and know BEFORE your contact a security company.
Proper preparation prevents poor performance
If you do not know WHAT you want or need, how can you expect someone to give you what you want and need?
Therefore, we suggest you go over this list and put some thoughts on paper before calling and selecting a security company!
Whom will you be protecting?
What will you be protecting?
Now you will need to take a look at your budget.
Your budget will need to include
This budget does not need to be set in stone, but contacting a security company without a clear idea about what you can afford will waste your time, as well as theirs.
You’ve propably looked and asked around and you are most likely aware about the latest technology and newest features security systems can offer.
Your “wish list” could include items like
This would also be a great time to think about other features and option that tie into a security system
Next you’ll need to have an idea about who will need access to your system (this is important because of potential training and access codes involved)
Now that you know what you can afford, what your security needs are and what you’d like to have installed, a professional can help you make final decisions to fit those parameters.