Whether you are in the business of providing a service to a customer or providing a product, there will always be a risk factor with the information that you handle: for both you and for your customers. It is a good idea to put safeguards in place before any major problem comes up.
Preventive Measures – The Interior
Keep a minimum of cash on the premises. Leave cash registers empty and open after hours.
Move valuable merchandise and business equipment, such as computers, away from the windows or doors to prevent smash and grab thefts.
Make it difficult to steal merchandise by alternating the direction of hangers on racks, tying appliance cords together, and chaining bicycles together. Lock up small valuables in cabinets and showcases.
Arrange window displays so that passersby and police are able to see into the store.
Anchor your safe to a well-lit, highly visible location. Keep all valuable documents and items, including company vehicle keys, in a safe.
Always leave an interior light on that is visible from the street. If for any reason it is off, the darkened store will arouse suspicion.
Finally, do not lock a burglar inside when you leave. Inspect all closets, bathrooms, and other hiding places before closing. For personal safety, try to have two people present at both opening and closing. If you suspect that your business has been burglarized, call the police immediately at 911. Do not try to enter the premises – the burglar may still be inside. Do not disturb any evidence. Consult with your local crime prevention officer to discuss how to best protect your business from another burglary.