St. Patrick's Day is a time to celebrate with friends, family, and colleagues. But it is also a time when businesses are at a higher risk for security breaches and theft. With increased holiday festivities and crowds, restaurants, and bars should take the necessary precautions to keep their facilities and assets secure. 

Don’t miss out on the pot of gold opportunity that is St. Patrick’s Day. We have compiled our top four security tips to help keep your business protected on this celebratory day.

1. Increase Physical Security Presence 

If you own a bar or restaurant, odds are you’re going to experience much heavier foot traffic than normal on St. Patrick’s Day. Physical security measures such as locked doors, security cameras, and security personnel can help prevent theft and vandalism and keep your patrons and staff safe.  

You want to consider having more security personnel onsite than usual. These individuals can ensure that all doors and windows are locked and monitor the premises through security cameras. Additional security guards also deter rowdy guests and can prevent fights. If an issue occurs, they can be there quickly to address the situation and ensure other guests are safe and secure.  

2. Implement Strict Access Control Measures

Under no circumstances should guests be behind the bar, at the cash register, in storage rooms, security rooms, etc. Unfortunately, with a large crowd, it can be difficult to manage all the people coming into and out of your restaurant and monitor their whereabouts with security personnel alone. 

Businesses can implement access control measures such as keycards or biometric systems to restrict access to certain areas. This will prevent unauthorized individuals from entering the premises and potentially causing harm or stealing items. It’s also important that staff don't share access codes with guests. Likewise, they should always contact security immediately if they spot someone trying to access prohibited areas. 

3. Prepare for Emergencies

Emergencies can happen at any time. However, there is far more opportunity for an accident whenever there are large crowds inside, so businesses should prepare for the worst. On St. Patrick's Day, businesses should have a plan in case of emergencies such as fire, natural disasters, fights, or active shooter situations.

Businesses can conduct emergency drills before the holiday to ensure that all employees know what to do during an emergency. Additionally, businesses should have emergency supplies nearby, such as fire extinguishers and first aid kits. Emergency exits should be clearly marked, and never block exit doors.

4. Update Your Security System for the Best Protection

Security should always be a top priority. An updated security system ensures businesses can protect themselves, their employees, and their assets from harm. It's never too early to start thinking about security and taking the necessary steps to keep your business safe.

When your security system is up to date, your restaurant can ensure its safety on St. Patrick's Day and beyond. Your business’s safety is our pot of gold, and the experts at Vector Security will work with you to find the right security solutions to ensure a safe and successful celebration. For more information, feel free to contact us today.