Retail Store Security System

Knowing Your Options

BY LAUREN SLADE

December 17, 2020

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Many out of-the-box retail security systems focus only on anti-theft. Complete systems however usually include Amber Alert mechanisms. Systems focused on shoplifting don’t cost much but have limited abilities. Unlike purchasing a home security system, to obtain comprehensive protection, you’ll either need to cobble together a few different systems or shop around for a while to find one tailored to full needs.

Retail Security Needs

Important aspects to consider when looking for a security system for a retail shop:

  • Protects against theft by shoplifting and employee shrink

  • Monitors entries and exits

  • Locks down the store when a person goes missing.

In detail, that means the merchandise needs reusable hard tags that cause an alarm to sound if removed from the store. It also requires cameras and monitors in storage and stock areas, as well as in the shopping areas, especially outside fitting rooms. They also include the reader panels and detachers for cashiers to use when ringing up merchandise.

For employee and shopper safety, a retail outlet needs monitored cameras trained on entries and exits. Ideally, these record activity f an abduction occurs at the store, these provide police with photos of every person entering or exiting the store.

Furthermore, the system should have an automatic lock-down mechanism. This lets you lock all doors and drop the steel reinforced gates over them at the push of a button. In older stores, you may have to keep a manual lock down system unless you want to undergo a renovation.

Lauren Slade is a Dallas-based writer and editor.

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