It's no secret that crime is on the rise in Canada. In fact, retail crime costs Canadian businesses close to $5 billion each year. Independent stores present a particularly vulnerable target, with 87.5 percent of independent retailers reporting at least one incidence of theft per year.
In an era when budgets are being squeezed, Canadian retailers can proactively safeguard their profits by ensuring they have a robust loss prevention strategy in place. Here are seven benefits of having on-site security:
The most obvious benefit of on-site security is the ability to provide a visible deterrent from crime. Security guards are on-site, overseeing and reporting any suspicious activities as they happen, and are trained to pacify and handle criminals as necessary until police support arrives. However, their presence alone can dramatically reduce the risk of any criminal activity.
Building Safer Workplaces
As a business owner, it’s important to you to keep your employees and customers safe. While security guards can help by preventing potential theft and vandalism, they’re also professionally trained to provide front-line emergency response for everyone in your building to aid in the event of injury, fire, or other emergencies. In addition, your customers may feel more comfortable doing business with a company who has an active security program in place.
Deterring Intruders and Trespassers
Security guards are expertly trained to detect and respond to all potential threats, including potential intruders and trespassers. They can patrol inside and outside of your building, monitoring for suspicious activity, and are trained to use monitoring systems for additional coverage of entrances, parking lots, hallways, loading docks, basements, or roofs. If or when an alarm is triggered or if they notice something out of place, they are trained to respond quickly.
Gaining Peace of Mind
On-site security guards can be a great way to reduce your stress levels, calm your fears and gain peace of mind, knowing your business is protected.
Reducing Liability & Insurance Costs
More than half of all lawsuits are filed against businesses, so it's important to do everything you can to reduce your company's liability. On-site security guards provide peace of mind by reducing your risk of exposure and insurance premiums while providing access control, video monitoring, fire protection services and more.
Theft is one of the most common security concerns for businesses. Security guards are highly trained to help prevent loss and aid with shrinkage reduction. In some cases, security guards can even provide evidence against suspected thieves
Experience the Benefits of On-Site Security
On-site security guards can be used to protect businesses in a wide variety of situations. They are an effective way to deter criminals from committing crimes before they even happen, and keep your business, customers, employees and assets safe from harm.
On top of that, they can help reduce liability and insurance costs by ensuring that all activities taking place within your building or property comply with regional laws and regulations.
No matter the size of your business, get in touch with the experts at Blackbird Security. We can build a custom security plan that’s designed to maximize your coverage while working within your existing security protocols.