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5 Tips for Keeping Your Restaurant Safe and Secure All Year Long

Restaurant owners know that protecting their investment is critical to success. In addition to insurance and common-sense safety measures to protect your patrons and employees, protecting your eatery against robbery, theft, and fraud should be a priority.

Keep Aware During Vulnerable Times

Robberies can happen at any time, but opening and closing times are when you are most vulnerable. Staff should always buddy up for bank runs, during deliveries, and after hours. No one should ever be alone in the building. The entire exterior of the facility should be inspected for signs of trouble daily before entering. At least one interior room should be lockable and securely designated as a safe room with a camera system. Staff should always be alert for signs of suspicious behavior among patrons and ready to call for help at all times.

Watch Your Employees

Employee theft is the top crime in the industry. Staff should be made aware that cash registers, offices, entries, and inventory storage areas are under surveillance at all times. Utilizing a wireless camera system like Blink offers the advantage of remote monitoring and portable cameras that can be moved anytime. Emphasize to staff that these measures are for their protection.

Enforce Safety with a Camera

False injury claims against your workman’s comp insurance are costly. Stringent safety procedures and training should be undertaken to avoid hazards from slips and falls, burns, and cuts. No system can prevent every accident; however, a security system may lower your premiums—check with your insurer for details. When an injury is suspected as fraudulent, security camera footage is invaluable during the investigation. Monitoring your staff as they work also increases productivity.

Identify Your Level of Risk

Protect your business against acts of violence by accurately assessing and responding to your general level of risk. Adequate, well-trained staff, visible management, and well-lit, secured property perimeters can minimize incidents. How your business responds to an incident is as important as prevention. Being able to provide authorities with security footage cements your reputation as a safe environment for patrons and staff.

Lock Up Your Valuables

Burglars commonly try to get in and out quickly with cash, liquor, and valuable electronics. These items should be kept out of sight in locked areas. Cash drawers should be left empty and open when the restaurant is closed to prevent intruders from breaking into them.

Install Blink

One last security measure to take is to add Blink. Our affordable, easy-to-install Blink security system offers 24/7 remote monitoring without a monthly fee as well as the flexibility to move cameras and add or remove components anytime. Blink’s wireless camera systems protect your assets with up to two years of battery life for nonstop protection.