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5 ways to step up security at your restaurant

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It’s not always easy to establish security policies for restaurants because of how many moving parts are involved. In addition to the customers and employees, you also have to pay attention to the way you handle cash, inventory and more. But it’s not impossible. Here are the steps you’ll need to take:

1. Install an alarm system

An alarm system can become your restaurant’s best friend, and it is one of the best methods for general preparedness. The right system will alert you to any suspicious behavior. It will also help deter criminalsfrom attacking your establishment after hours. If you are worried about the cost of alarm systems, don’t be. Many DIY options are available that won’t break the bank.

2. Carefully position surveillance cameras

In addition to alarm systems, surveillance cameras can also act as an extra set of eyes. Cameras should be set up in the appropriate locations so that they can capture usable footage. Surveillance cameras should be positioned around entrances and exits, as well as locations where cash and inventory are stored. The cost for surveillance equipment can run high, especially for smaller restaurants.

3. Equip doors and windows with high-security locks

All restaurants should have high-security locks installed on doors and windows. It is best to install high security grade 1 deadbolt locks that burglars cannot easily bypass. Restaurant operators can also install security grilles on windows and doors to reduce the possibility of burglars simply breaking through glass or knocking the door down. If you are still unsure how to go about properly securing your restaurant, make sure that you consult with a commercial locksmith or security professional.

4. Practice proper cash handling

One of the most vulnerable points of any restaurant is the way in which they handle petty cash. In most cases, businesses will use POS terminals and then transfer cash to a different location at the end of the day. Try to vary this process as much as possible. That means removing the cash from POS terminals at a different time each day, and following a different deposit schedule whenever you go to drop cash off. This might seem like a lot of work, but it will help keep the cash, the courier and the restaurant secure.

5. Limit keys and security access

Who has access to different parts of your restaurant? The more people that have access to every part of your business, the more vulnerable it is. One of the best ways to keep your restaurant safe is to limit the number of people who have access. It is hard to maintain absolute key control, but managing it with a select group of people will simplify matters.

Keeping your restaurant as secure as possible involves paying attention to detail and practicing stringent security precautions. This will deter burglars and anyone who seeks to harm your establishment. Keep in mind that while these five measures are not the only ways to keep your restaurant safe and secure, they’re definitely a good start.

Ralph Goodman is a professional writer and the resident expert on locks and security at the Lock Blog.

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