Jeweler Security: How to Protect Against Theft
The jewelry industry suffers from more than $100 million in loss each year. Theft brings an element of surprise that no jeweler wants to experience. Avoid devastating loss at your jewelry store with proper protection:
Protection During the Day
Jewelry stores receive a lot of foot traffic, which can make it difficult to keep tabs on inventory. Consider the following to avoid daytime theft:
- Install doorbell chimes or buzzer systems so employees are aware when someone enters or leaves.
- Depending on store size, have at least two to three employees on the floor at all times.
- Greet customers as they enter the store so that they feel welcome and are aware you know who they are.
- Install video surveillance cameras at point of sale (POS), doorways or entrances, and near safes and/or vaults.
- Always lock showcases when not in use.
- Never place high-valued items near doorways or windows.
Key Security Measures at Night
Just because you are done for the day, doesn’t mean the risk for a robbery diminishes.
Some ways to keep your jewelry store safe even afterhours include:
- Remove all jewelry from window displays before locking up for the night.
- Place all jewelry items in a safe, vault or password/passcode-protected room.
- Always lock up windows and doors before the last individual leaves.
- Set up alerts on your smartphone, tablet and/or desktop to receive security equipment notifications when triggered.
- Don’t cover showcases. This gives burglars the impression that there are valuable items in them.
- Check to ensure security equipment is on and working properly before leaving (e.g. monitored alarms, surveillance cameras, image sensors).
Other Security Practices
Other general precautions that should be taken into consideration include:
- Be conscious of busier seasons, such as Valentine’s Day or Christmas, in case you need extra personnel or equipment to keep tabs on inventory.
- Check employees’ bags when they arrive and before they leave your business.
- Invest in burglary-resistant laminated glass for jewelry cases and store windows.
- Conduct in-depth interviews and background checks on all new employees.
- Know which vendors and employees have building, safe and display access.
- Place glass-break detectors near windows, displays and showcases.
- Train employees on the necessary security precautions that need to be taken during the day, as well as before they leave for the night.
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