If you own a small business in Australia, then it’s vital that you have the correct security in place. After all, your business is your livelihood, and theft from customers, opportunistic thieves and even staff members can cause damaging losses. In this blog, we’ll assess whether businesses are effectively guarding against crime and discuss some security options your business can put in place.
Is the Right Security In Place?
According to recent data, figures from the Australian Federal Police suggest that staff and former members of staff are responsible for around 70% of business fraud, while the Australian Retailers Association estimates that 55% of all stock loss is due to employee theft.
In addition to this, theft of goods, also known as “shrinkage”, costs retailers globally $123 billion. The top causes of this are:
- Employee theft (39%)
- Shoplifting from customers (38%)
- Administration errors and losses not related to crime (16%)
It’s thought that this shrinkage costs the average Australian household $420 annually, with Australian retailers losing an estimated $2.7 billion a year through criminal activities and negligence alone.
From these eye watering figures, it’s clear that small Australian businesses do not have the correct security measures in place to prevent theft from staff and customers alike. So, with this in mind, let’s take a look at some possible solutions.
Security Solutions to Prevent Small Business Crime
Different security solutions can prevent different types of theft. You should also remember that, as well as being proactive in deterring thieves, some security solutions can also be used in evidence to prove a crime. Let’s have a look at some different options that can suit the needs of your business.
A burglar alarm is a vital part of any business security system. Even the presence of a box on the exterior of your building can help to deter thieves. By using a smart security system like the ones we provide, you can even sync the system to your smartphone, allowing you to arm and disarm your system from anywhere in the world – perfect if you always like to be in control.
However, an alarm in itself may not be enough, so you should also consider the installation of panic and motion detection devices, intrusion alarms and sensors.
Not only can a CCTV system help provide a safer working environment for your staff, but it can also help prevent both internal and external theft. If staff members and thieves know they are being watched by high definition cameras at all times, your business should be at a reduced likelihood of experiencing theft.
As well as reducing the likelihood of theft, these tapes can also potentially help catch a staff member or burglar in the act, providing you with evidence of the crime. The prosecution rate for business owners with CCTV is much higher than the rate for those without it. This is because CCTV can help you or the police identify and prosecute a perpetrator. As our systems can be controlled remotely, you can keep an eye on your business even when you’re away.
If your business holds valuables externally, then perimeter monitoring is a fantastic solution. With 24/7 monitoring, you can get a fast response around the clock to help secure your business locations, should someone attempt to try and enter your land. If a sensor is triggered, then we can contact you immediately and dispatch emergency response services to your business, no matter what time of day or night it may be. Small businesses across Australia may not be doing enough to prevent theft, but there’s no reason why your business should follow this trend. At Adeva Security, we specialise in providing all the latest security technology in the form of alarms, camera systems, CCTV and automation. If you’d like help preventing crime in your company, then please call us on 1300 773 633 or get a free quote today.