Security Systems at the Ready: Retail Crime Expected To Soar in 2015

Overview: Theft and robbery have always been a problem for store owners and retailers, even since ancient times. For the most part, the main threat has normally been petty shoplifters looking to save a couple of bucks, but judging by the numbers from recent years, organized retail is on the rise in Calgary. In this blog we'll find out more about organized crime and discuss what you can do to protect your business against it.

What is Organized Retail Crime?

According to the Calgary Police Service, organized retail crime is defined as two or more individuals conspiring to steal large quantities of retail items with the intent to redistribute them on the market. The purpose of these crimes, says Const. Lara Sampson, is to fund other illegal activities such as drug habits or organized crime.

Calgary remains a large target for these organized retail criminals due to its strong economy. The city has many high-end shops with plenty of expensive items, and these stores are often very busy with customers. The difficulty stores face in terms of finding employees and staff has meant that many are run by under experienced or part-time workers, once again making these stores appealing targets for organized thieves.

Not only are these thefts becoming more frequent, but they are also becoming more aggressive and violent, says Sampson. With these large scale organized retail robberies on the rise, protecting your business and employees is now more important than ever.

What Can Businesses Do To Protect Themselves?

There are many ways you can protect your business from the rise in retail crime. As with all security, prevention is key:

  • Make it clear that your store has security measures in place by ensuring your cameras are clear enough to be seen by criminals, yet subtle enough to not deter customers.
  • Make sure you inform your customers that the store is under CCTV operation by placing signs and stickers at tactical locations around the shop floor.
  • Inform your employees of the threat these criminals pose and ensure they are always alert and aware of their surroundings.
  • Encourage your staff to engage customers in the store, and even make sure one or two of your employees thank and say goodbye to customers as they leave.

However, no matter how hard you try sometimes prevention is not enough and greater measures may be needed to fall back on:

  • Make sure you have a fully operational surveillance system in place with both visible and partially concealed cameras.
  • Have your employees run through regular theft protocol to ensure that if a crime does happen they know how to act.
  • Maintain a strong relationship with a security installations company like Cave Integration to make sure that your equipment is up to date and properly working.

Bottom Line: Unfortunately, crime is inevitable. But by taking the right precautions you can make sure that your company or business is as prepared as it can be for the increase in organized retail crime we are seeing in Calgary. From simple preventive measures such as more engaging staff, to technical steps like making sure your security equipment is up to date and properly functioning, you can keep your business and your employees as safe as possible.

To find out more about how to protect your company from this spike in retail crime, contact Cave Integration in Calgary today and we can analyze your business and identify its key weak spots. From security camera installations to consulting, we've got you covered. Give us a call today on 403-978-2580 .