Why is Retail Security Necessary?
Shrinkage costs retailers an average of 1.5% of sales, which is why security for retail stores, shopping centers, and malls is in high demand. Unfortunately, theft is on the rise. Retailers must use in-store security mechanisms such as surveillance cameras and security guards to help reduce shrinkage, or they are choosing to accept the loss of 1.5% of their revenue. While cameras are great for use in the playback of store activity and capturing theft on camera, security guards are a much greater deterrent from theft than surveillance cameras. Stores which only use cameras are not able to prevent theft in the same manner as stores that have guards because criminals are less likely to be active under the supervision of a security guard. Hiring security officers also shows professionalism and that your business is protected and focused on customer safety.
Retail, Shopping Centers and Mall Security
Mil-Spec Safety & Security services all types of retail centers. All stores and retail centers have employees, shoppers, and parking lots, which are prone to theft and need in-store security. Retail shopping centers and malls all have unique security needs and we will work with you on preparing a specialized security plan for your specific property.
Retail Store Security
Retail security is greatly enhanced by a retail security guard. Retail stores usually have one or two main entrances in the front of the building that customers can enter and exit and one or more entrances in the back for employees only and deliveries. A retail security guard would ensure these areas are protected from loss and stolen inventory, trespassing, as well as other unwanted activity.
Shopping Center Security
Shopping center security differs from single retail store security because shopping centers are many stores connected and customers have to enter and exit stores to get to the next store. Customers can consistently be outside to travel from store to store, unlike a stand-alone retail store with only one to two entrances. Security in a shopping center typically serves all of the various tenants and stores, being on call and available should anything arise.
Malls are similar to shopping centers in that they are comprised of many stores connected with major entrance points but differ in that they are contained within a vast building. Customers enter and exit through major entrances in high-traffic areas. A mall security guard can observe who is entering and leaving these areas and the various stores inside. Security officers have a larger area to observe in malls and shopping centers than in retail stores so a different security plan must be enforced.
Retail security is a must and is critical to avoid the massive financial costs of product loss through shrinkage. A visible retail security presence or mall security guard can be effective in deterring thieves. Guards can observe and report suspicious activities, document incidents, and call law enforcement as necessary. Mil-Spec Safety & Security has over 30 years of experience providing onsite security and is ready to assist you with your security needs. Whether you need retail security, shopping, or mall security, we can help you develop an on-site security plan to greatly reduce shrinkage, maximize profits and help protect your property, employees, and customers.