Security Tips for Restaurants
From purse snatchings and pocket pickings to drive-thru robberies and even homicides, there are a variety of potential crimes that can happen at restaurants. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), “the most common places of occurrence (for crimes like these) were in commercial places such as restaurants, bars and other commercial buildings (39.1%).”
The bad news? From 2004-2008, there was an average of 1.5 million crimes that occured in bars, restaurants or nightclubs. The good news? Many of these crimes can be prevented (or proper evidence provided in a court case) if there’s a good security system in place.
Here are some security tips for restaurant owners to keep in mind.
Install Surveillance In Strategic Locations
There are three things to remember when it comes to surveillance systems: audio/visual capabilities, monitoring and location. You want to see and hear what’s happening, you want a security system that is monitored by a professional company and you want cameras in the right locations, like the cash register, front door and parking lot.
Don’t Forget to Monitor Employees
Your customers and visitors aren’t the only ones who can commit crimes. It’s estimated that 75% of employees have stolen at least once from their employer. This is why it’s important to monitor areas your employees frequent and close off certain areas of the restaurant (like the room with the cash/deposit box) via an access control system.
Keep Minimal Money in Cash Registers
Cash registers are often within arm’s reach of customers—even from the drive-thru window—making them ideal “grab-and-run” targets. To minimize your potential loss from theft, keep the majority of your on-site money in a deposit box or cash safe in a secure room.
Ensure There Is Proper Lighting
This is important for two reasons: criminals love the dark and it’s hard to identify thieves without proper lighting. One of the best security investments you can make for your exterior is motion-sensitive lighting, which will activate if there is a visitor.
Don’t Forget About Insurance
Lastly, a security-related tip you might not think about is insurance. Once you upgrade the security of your restaurant, don’t forget to look into potential insurance savings you may enjoy as a result. Many insurance companies offer discounts on premiums for businesses that take extra precautions with security.
If you’re interested in more security tips for your restaurant, or a security consultation, give the team at A-1 Locksmith a call today.Back to Blog