Crime prevention doesn’t just concern your home, it’s also important to take the necessary commercial crime prevention steps to keep your business safe and secure. Not only will you help reduce monetary or financial loss, following these tips will also keep you and your employees safe from harm. Keep it Clean, Keep it ClearYou want to be able to identify problems before they even happen, and keeping your windows, doors, and other entry points clean and cleared of boxes, bags, and other objects is an excellent place to start. In addition to giving you clear lines of sight, clean windows and doors also present a high degree of professionalism to your customers and guests. A clean and clear storefront or office building can allow people on the inside to see who is approaching and if there are any indicators of potential trouble – would be intruders will pass by an entrance several times to determine how many people are in the building and may also meet with accomplices before entering your establishment. Train Your EmployeesDiscuss security and safety with your employees and managers – it doesn’t have to be a disturbing or stressful discussion. Review the different exits and entryways into your store or building, and share your experiences in regard to safety. If you have an alarm system, make sure your employees are trained how to use it properly, and review opening and closing procedures for your store, office, or building. Security SystemsIn the past, security systems represented a major investment, but the entry price for a simple system has become more affordable. A quality video camera and a recorder in a visible place can deter problems before they begin – and store valuable information in the event of a crime. Fake cameras are a bad idea, robbers and potential shoplifters know the difference. As an added degree of caution, make sure only managers have access to these systems. “Hello” is an Excellent Crime StopperWhen a person enters your store or building, be sure to greet them with a friendly “Hello!” Not only does this show them that you’re interested in helping them, it can also act as a deterrent. People who are thinking about committing a crime don’t want to be recognized – if you’re inattentive, they’ll feel they have a better chance of getting away with a crime. Who’s Working for You?Before you hire an employee, make sure you conduct a thorough background check. Call their references and ask detailed questions. Keep records of past employees, along with their pictures – sometimes a former employee can share inside information that leads to a crime or break-in. It’s also a good idea to train employees thoroughly, especially when it comes to handling financial transactions. Talk to Assured Protection!With close to two decades in the security industry, we have helped countless clients reduce commercial crime with our security guard offerings. As a family owned business, located in Maryland, we’re proud to be part of the “home team.” Contact us at 443-281-8391, email us for a quote, or visit our website.