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How to choose the right alarm system for your store

Running a retail store can be a tough business, but security shouldn’t be one of the reasons. Shoplifting, fraud, employee theft, and data security issues can result in profit loss, but most of these crimes are preventable with the right security measures in place. Theft, both by employees and customers, is one of the most serious problems retailers face. According to the 2017 survey by the National Retail Federation, nearly 70% of retail shrinkage is a direct result of shoplifting or employee theft.

Protecting your retail store with both hardware and software solutions that address your security needs is an essential first step not only in preventing crime, but also to maximize profits and create a safer environment both for patrons and employees. But which security measures do you need to invest in for your retail business? First, let’s consider the kinds of benefits you might get out of professionally installed retail store security systems.

Benefits of a Retail Store Security System

Investing in a retail store security system outfitted with both security measures and surveillance will reap more benefits than a simple alarm system. And ultimately, it may save money in the long term by cushioning your bottom line from inventory loss and higher insurance premiums. Here are just a few of the functions a well-equipped and comprehensive retail store security system can provide.

  • Keep an eye on unattended areas of the store
  • Increase customer and employee safety
  • Monitor larger groups of employees or vendors working throughout the store
  • Deter shoplifting
  • Provide a record of incidents
  • Prevent vandalism
  • Keep valuable inventory secure
  • Restrict access to certain areas
  • Patrol the building perimeter and parking lot
  • Lower insurance premiums
  • Assist authorities in investigating crime
  • Keep close tabs on money or credit card info being shared (cash register, return counter, etc.)
  • Monitor multiple sites remotely
  • Receive detailed reports and analytics
  • Empower employees to follow store procedures

Investing in a retail store security system outfitted with both security measures and surveillance will reap more benefits than a simple alarm system. And ultimately, it may save money in the long term by cushioning your bottom line from inventory loss and higher insurance premiums. Here are just a few of the functions a well-equipped and comprehensive retail store security system can provide.

What you need in a retail store security system

Before deciding what you’ll need in a security system, it makes sense to evaluate the properties you’ll be protecting, whether it’s a small storefront or a larger chain of stores or warehouses. Working closely with a security professional will not only help you figure out how many cameras to get or where to place them, but also provide guidance about access control, fire alarm systems, and other measures you may want to take to secure your building and improve employee safety. Here are just a few of the security measures you should consider installing in a comprehensive retail store security system.

Security Cameras

Cameras installed along the perimeter of the property assist store owners and managers in monitoring both the parking lot during hours to promote patron safety and to observe and record any suspicious activity or deter crime or vandalism after hours. These cameras should be equipped with night vision capabilities and motion detection to ensure that when something happens, your security cameras will catch it.

Surveillance Cameras

These cameras, typically installed inside, are intended to monitor both customers and employees and ensure a safer store environment for everyone. HD cameras should be equipped to pan, tilt, and zoom for 360-degree coverage of all areas of the store, including likely targets for customer and employee theft like small, valuable inventory or exchanges occurring at the cash register. A surveillance camera system can also help store managers check that employees are following procedures and resolve incidents armed with the confidence of security footage.

Security Systems

A speedy, efficient evacuation after the detection of smoke or fire can be tricky in a multi-level building with a large student and staff presence. Get a head start with fire alarm systems that are integrated into your school’s security system and utilize the latest technology as well as adhering to current fire and building codes.

Access Control Systems

Door locks equipped with readers and the ability to issue credentials to specific users are part of an access control system that can restrict entry to particular areas of your retail store. For instance, one way to make sure customers aren’t in the warehouse is to equip the doors from the retail floor with an access control system that only allows employees or managers with credentials to enter.

Fire Alarm System

Door locks equipped with readers and the ability to issue credentials to specific users are part of an access control system that can restrict entry to particular areas of your retail store. For instance, one way to make sure customers aren’t in the warehouse is to equip the doors from the retail floor with an access control system that only allows employees or managers with credentials to enter.

Professional Monitoring Services

Security systems and state-of-the-art technology still relies upon our ability to respond and take action. But you can’t always be on guard. That’s why most businesses invest in professional monitoring services that are available 24/7 to verify alarms, dispatch authorities, and resolve incidents in tandem with store owners or managers.

Retail Store Security Systems from American Alarm

The trained security professionals at American Alarm will work closely with you to design a security system that works for your retail space. From small businesses and single storefronts to larger chains and big warehouses, we have over fifty years of industry experience in creating customized security solutions.

Integrated Alarm and Security Camera Systems

Our alarm systems can be integrated with both security and surveillance camera systems that allow you to keep an eye on your inventory, employees, vendors, and customers both during and after hours in your retail space.

Access Control Systems

Control access to your inventory and secure spaces with a network of door locks, readers, and credentials that allow you to manage users and view detailed reports on demand and at a distance.

UL Certified Central Monitoring Services

Having UL certification means that our station and services have been tested and verified as meeting or exceeding industry standards by Underwriter’s Laboratories, the leading industry certifying body. From alarm verification to redundant infrastructure, our trained professionals are available 24/7 and backed by the latest technology

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