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Steps to stop shoplifting in your business

| Crime and security

By: News24

The police have noted with concern a recent spate of shoplifting incidents. Shop owners and assistants are urged to adhere to the following safety hints.

  • Meet and greet shoppers and acknowledge their presence.
  • Keep your store organized and tidy.
  • Know common shoplifting tactics.
  • Be extra aware of shoppers with oversized clothes and bags.
  • Optimize your store’s layout and try to install low racks so that you can have a full view of the shop.
  • Install security cameras.
  • Add mirrors to your store.
  • Use customer service as prevention immediately after a shopper entered the shop.
  • Train your employees to be able to spot shoplifters, usually picking up and putting down goods on racks.
  • Use retail inventory as a management tools to always know your stock levels.
  • Identify at-risk items and place it in plain sight of shop assistants.
  • Shoplifters can always assess how easy it is to steal from a shop by how soon after they enter they are spoken to by a member of staff.
  • Work out where inside the store thefts are happening.
  • As far as possible utilize electronic tagging on goods in store.
  • Personal safety is in numbers so employ enough staff for your store.
  • Security officers inside stores also assists as a deterent and help to tighten security against shoplifting.
  • Keep a constant eye on fitting/dressing rooms.

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