As a former robbery detective in the Chicago Police Department I can easily see why a business would be a target for a robbery or hold up. Now that my career is in insurance, I know how important it is for a business to keep a “low profile.” Here are a few things you can do to make the bad guys pick another business as their victim:
- Have a drop safe and make frequent deposits throughout the day. Then, post a small sign by the door that says something like, “No cash on the premises.” Drop safes and signs can be found and easily ordered online.
- Have security video cameras throughout the business and also outside the front and back doors. Then, post a few signs that say, “Notice. Video surveillance is in use on these premises.”
- Don’t open the back door after dark. If you must open it, don’t follow the same schedule every day. It is not unusual for criminals to wait and come in the back door when it is opened.
- Have adequate lighting at the front and rear of the business, both inside and outside.
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