Business Production: How to Protect Your Inventory from Theft & Damage

If you run a business, then you know how hard it is to keep tabs on your inventory. While a great inventory management system is a great place to start, it may not be enough. Here are some ideas that you may want to try to control your inventory.

Employ Security Cameras

You may want to place security cameras at several different locations in your business. Putting them where you warehouse your most valuable merchandise is a great place to start. You may also want to have a security camera at each entrance to your facility including loading docks. If any area of your property is secluded, then place them there as well. The result may be that people do not try to steal because they know that they are being watched.

Use Security Cages

Security cages constructed with steel poles, like those available from Waratah Steel Supplies, maybe another outstanding idea. Keep your most valuable inventory in these secure areas. Carefully control who has access to these areas. In fact, you may want to keep them locked allowing only your top people access to the area. Let these people know that you are monitoring the inventory closely.

Apply Customer Service

Aggressive customer service discourages many people from stealing without making a scene. Teach your employees to watch for people that they think may be up to stealing your inventory. Then, have the employee ask them if they can help them with anything in a nice way. If the retail area is large, then have some type of hand sign that employees can use to alert other employees to watch too. Just being extra nice often encourages people who might steal to leave the store.

Hire Security Guards

Security guards can often deter theft. You may want to station them at each entrance to your business. They may even want to thank customers for coming into your store while watching for signs of trouble. You may also want to have some security guards roaming the store who look like normal customers. When a thief thinks they are being followed, they will often abandon the merchandise and leave the premises.

Use these ideas and your own ingenuity to protect your inventory from theft. These measures often pay for themselves since workplace crime costs over $50 billion in the United States annually. Work closely with local authorities so that these individuals cannot move on to a new location.

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