Video surveillance is often used in convenience stores due to their vulnerability to petty crime and robbery. If you own a mini-mart type of business, consider installing a video security system in order to protect employees, customers, and yourself. Since convenience stores are open for business most, if not all, hours of the day and experience very high numbers of small transactions distractions can happen easily while the till is open.
Things to Consider When Securing Your Convenience Store
The size of your store, its location, your employees, and many other factors need to be addressed so you can choose the surveillance system that will work best for you.
Are you concerned about potential employee theft?
Position cameras on your cash register or on expensive items that you think are more likely to get stolen.
What security features do you currently have in place?
This could be anything from deadbolt locks, a safe, or a doorbell that lets you know when customers enter the store. How can you improve upon your existing setup?
Have you ever wished you could have captured an incident on video?
Maybe your store experienced a break-in or you suspected an employee of stealing but had no proof; remedy this with video surveillance.
Do you have extended or all-day hours?
Convenience stores are typically open overnight which makes them more susceptible to robbery and vandalism. Staff your store with at least 2 people during evening shifts.
Benefits of Convenience Store Surveillance
Fast & Hassle-Free Setup
Do-it-yourself video security is hassle-free and quick to install. All-in-one surveillance packages include everything you need to get your system up and running in no time: from a digital video recorder (DVR), viewing screen, cameras, mounting equipment, and cabling. You can even view footage online so that you will know what is happening at your store from literally anywhere with Internet access.
You might assume that you can rely on cashier and customer memory in the event of a crime at your convenience store. However, it’s easy to get flustered and recall important details incorrectly. Security cameras can provide high-resolution, true-to-life video footage of people’s faces, clothes, and actions. Night vision cameras can allow you to see through the cover of darkness that some criminals use to facilitate their illicit activities. Most importantly, you’ll have an invaluable, objective record of everything that happens at your store, in case you ever need to provide evidence to your insurance company or the authorities.
Prevent Theft & Vandalism
Up to 75% of employees steal from work – you could be losing as much as 20% of every dollar to employee theft alone. If you have a visible security feature in place, your employees and customers will be less likely to steal from you, forcing thieves and vandals to think twice before taking action.
- Monitor open spaces like the sales floor and cash register
- Place cameras near entrances and exits to ensure that you record everyone who enters and exits the store
- Post warning signs so that employees and customers know they are under 24/7 surveillance
- Legally, you are required to tell your employees that they are under surveillance, but you are not required to disclose camera locations
- Install stronger locks on your doors and windows
- Train employees on the protocol should there be a security breach, and check with your local police department to make sure you know the law