Top Tips for Reducing Retail Theft

Customers utilizing your retail parking lots trust that their vehicles and property will be safe while they shop. Let them down by providing poor or no security services, and the negative experience is likely to drive them away.

How to reduce Retail theft?

Retail managers can maintain a safe experience for customers and employees by providing training for frontline staff, and by deploying mobile surveillance units to provide better coverage of the property perimeter.

Below, the security experts at LotGuard share their tips on enhancing the performance of frontline staff and how mobile surveillance units can keep your retail stores and property safe.

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Control the number of people in the store

Having an employee greeting customers into the store can help manage instore safety, discourage theft, and prevent overcrowding. 

Additionally, utilizing a mobile surveillance unit on the retail store’s parking lot will fill in any potential gaps of weakness in overall security, and significantly reduce the requirement for security personnel.  

Plan displays accordingly

Items that are expensive or in high demand should not be shelved near departure routes. Think about displaying these in an area that can easily be monitored by employees.

Strategic placement of these high-risk items can help reduce the likelihood of opportunist ‘grab-and-run’ thefts.

Have employees walk the floor

Have a strong presence of employees on the shop floor in designated sections.

These employees can keep a close eye on what is happening, and prevent shoplifters taking advantage of distractions or lack of situational awareness.

Install surveillance systems in store

An effective proactive surveillance system can deter would-be criminals from your stealing from stores.

Not only can surveillance cameras deter criminal activity, but they will also detect theft happening in your store and stop it.

Additionally, shoplifters can sneak inside storerooms if employees are otherwise occupied; having a surveillance system installed can relay the information to a command center in real time to deal with unauthorized access


Look out for organized retail crime (ORC)

Placing high-value items all in one area makes it ‘easier’ for organized crime criminals to act fast and grab all the items are one in a ‘grab and run event.

Have employees keep areas neat and remove any items to their proper locations to avoid theft.

LotGuard recently published an article on preventing organized retail crime; click the link below to read more.

Preventing Organized Retail Crime

How Can LotGuard help reduce retail theft

Deploying surveillance cameras is undoubtedly the most effective way of deterring and reducing retail theft.  

Improving the security of retail parking lots plays a vital role in boosting the overall safety of the premises and is the first line of defense for your business.

LotGuard PRO is a fully autonomous Mobile Surveillance Trailer that provides 24/7 security to your parking lots and properties without needing mounting poles, onsite power, or internet connection.

These cameras deliver live and recorded video through the latest LTE transmission technology, allowing for remote viewing of live and archived video at any time, regardless of location.


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