With the festive season well on its way, businesses all over South Africa are ensuring everything is in order in terms of security. With the risk of theft increased during this time, there are a number of safety precautions businesses can put in place to make sure not only the business stock is protected but also the integrity of their staff.
Employment of Additional Temporary Security
With a substantial increase in foot traffic through your store, business operation teams can explore the option of employing temporary security staff. With there being an increased presence of security in the store, it means that there are more eyes on the floor too, which should result in less theft taking place.
With the employment of additional staff, you will have to set aside some time to train them properly, making them aware of specifics within your business and what to be on the lookout for. As this is a very busy time of the year, plan this timeously.
Introduction of Polygraph Testing In South Africa
With having additional security onboard, there might be a need to further hire temporary staff to make sure there are sufficient employees on the floor to service customers. With hiring temporary staff, this creates additional risk for the business as, though you hope all people are ethical and abide by the law, there’ll always be one or two people who take chances.
With employing temporary staff, protecting your business should remain your number one cause. When signing on the temporary staff, ensure there is a clause within their contracts that allows for the introduction of polygraph testing should fraud or theft be suspected. Although they can’t be forced to take the test, by having it in the contract it should be a deterrent enough from committing a crime.
Install The Necessary Protective Equipment At All Security Checkpoints
Empower your security team with the necessary equipment they need to protect your business. It’s important that all pay points and security stations have a silent panic button installed that can be used to trigger assistance from the Metro Police, store management, shopping centre management and your local security company. As the incident can happen so quickly, a quick push of a button can be what saves the business.
Don’t Have A Set Schedule For Money Collection
As business robberies tend to be well thought through, as a business you need to do everything in your power to guarantee your business is protected. One thing that criminals are on the lookout for is the routine of moving the money – either from cash points to a safe on the premises, or from the premises Try not have a set schedule for when money is collected from the business. As this is not always possible, try to only have the minimum required amount of money in the till. This also assists in keeping your staff safe as the money is out of site.
Introducing these safety precautions in your business will help make your customers feel safe. Weather they’re directly or indirectly impacted by your safety and security plan, your business safety should always remain your top priority.