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A retail security checklist will protect all the areas and components from potential threats, mainly burglaries, intrusion, and shoplifting. If your store lacks robust security compliance, it will likely make the store susceptible to stolen assets, physical damage to property, and loss of retail merchandise.

With Wobot’s security checklist, create a safe environment in your stores by preventing unauthorized access, stopping intrusions in restricted places, and protecting your employees and customers from unforeseeable threats.

A potential threat in retail stores could be people with guns. A gun detection compliance actively identifies and detects objects such as guns, strengthening security and providing awareness of hazards in a retail environment.
1. Introduction
Theft in the form of shoplifting and armed robberies is very likely given that retail stores retain a considerable inventory of various goods. Therefore, not only can money and valuables be stolen, but innocent lives could be at risk. Thus, to prevent such adverse occurrences from happening, early gun detection becomes of utmost importance. Gun detection is facilitated by using advanced techniques using video security footage captured in real-time.
2. Process
Gun detection powered by video analytics technology enhances the ability to detect weapons. The use of gun detection will help security officers and first responders to be able to see the guns, which will then convey alerts to all the security stations in real-time. The real-time insights specialize in relaying footage of the immediate events, which would lead to timely action on the part of the authorities. One can also customize the frequency of the alerts. Furthermore, the security systems are equipped to automatically detect the weapons when they become visible to the camera, resulting in quick response time, prompt emergency warnings, and potentially saving lives.
3. Dos

    • a. In a robbery or hostage situation, always approach the criminal carefully, mainly if innocent civilians are around.
    • b. Ensure that you are aware of the nearest and quickest exit to safety.
    • c. Try to determine areas or rooms that can provide you and others with better protection.

    4. Don’ts

    • a. If you sense that an individual is acting suspiciously, do not waste time and inform the authorities immediately.
    • b. Try not to make yourself visible and find yourself a corner to barricade yourself.

Fraudsters often tend to cover or obstruct the view of cameras before committing a theft. Camera tampering compliance notifies you if something is placed over the camera to block its view.
1. Introduction
Like most businesses, retail establishments, too, are pretty vulnerable to high crime levels, which means that owners should install surveillance to secure the premises. However, cameras can be subjected to tampering and manipulation. Such tactics will entail covering the lens or redirecting the camera.
2. Process
Often, an intruder may vandalize, tamper with, or even steal the security cameras to enter the premises. Such a security threat happens two-fold: the physical property damage and the other is the potential loss of data and footage. With camera tampering detection, alerts are sent out when the cameras’ ability to record has been compromised. Such a strategy is beneficial to detect the location where the camera is physically attacked or blocked. In addition, automatic alerts will keep the user connected to the system even if they cannot personally monitor the surveillance feed.
A camera tampering detection will send notifications to the users when: the camera is physically moved, there are attempts to cut off the power to the camera, the camera is being vandalized using sprays, and something is covering or blocking the lens to prevent the recording from taking place.
3. Dos

    • a. The security system should be set up to send alerts to the authorities in the event of an incident, such as camera tampering, blocking, or spray painting.
    • b. Be sure to position the camera where the ceiling or the roof meets the wall.
    • c. Ensure that the spot where you place the camera doesn’t have other elements surrounding it, allowing the widest viewing angle.

    4. Don’ts

    • a. Don’t install the camera in a place that isn’t well-lit, as nightfall will only make it more difficult to see. Hence, it’s essential to place the cameras in a sufficiently lit space.
    • b. Install the cameras properly and securely so that they don’t tilt or shake.
    • c. Don’t limit the cameras to just the front door and ensure that their surveillance is present throughout the premises.

Fires in a workplace usually cause a massive loss of life and property. Fire extinguisher compliance ensures the presence of fire extinguishers at the designated places to take measures against any fire mishaps.
1. Introduction
Fire extinguishers are critical to safeguarding your store against a fire emergency. They can help to contain small outbreaks of fire and prevent flames from spreading and causing further damage. Therefore, your business should implement the best fire safety practices by keeping highly flammable items such as clothing, paper, and cleaning chemicals away from electrical outlets.
2. Process
Since fire extinguishers are only designed to mitigate fires in their earliest stages and because fires can spread quickly, the only effective fire extinguisher is the readily available one. If an incident does occur, the best step would be to ensure that all the employees and customers are safe and have successfully evacuated the premises. Then call the local fire department to inform them of the situation. After that, if the fire is small and contained, the fire extinguisher can help to eliminate the fire effectively.
3. Dos

    • a. Ensure that your fire extinguisher undergoes regular servicing.
    • b. They should be placed at a location that is easily accessible in the event of an emergency.
    • c. Place the fire extinguisher close to the areas with sources of electricity.

    4. Don’ts

    • a. Do not keep flammable liquids close to the fire extinguisher.
    • b. Do not use extinguishers that have been tampered with or damage.
    • c. Avoid using a device that has a missing seal or is past its expiry date.

Sleeping on duty could be considered misconduct in an industry like retail. It leads to a lack of productivity, unprofessional appearance, and late response to various dangerous situations.
1. Introduction
For a guard to fall asleep while on duty would be misconduct on their part, and it becomes a disciplinary issue as there is a risk of someone potentially breaking in. The guard should always be alert for any sign of suspicious activity and keep track of people entering and exiting the premises, even if other security tactics are put in place.
2. Process
As the security of the building and the safety of the customers and employees primarily rely on the guards, it becomes imperative that they take extra precautions to stay awake, such as keeping themselves hydrated, drinking coffee, and eating snacks at regular intervals. It is a given that the guard should never fall asleep while on duty, especially if he is the only guard in charge of safeguarding the building. If a security guard is caught sleeping while on duty, the authorities should review this lapse in his responsibilities as he is crucial for the organization’s security.
3. Dos

    • a. The security guard needs to feel fresh and have enough physical energy to stay awake at odd hours of the day and night.
    • b. Do simple stretching and breathing exercises at regular intervals while on duty.
    • c. Security guards should keep themselves properly hydrated and have snacks regularly.
    • d. They should get proper rest before coming to work, especially if they are on night duty.

    4. Don’ts

    • a. The guard should not be sitting idly and should be watching the CCTV footage closely.
    • b. He shouldn’t deprive himself of sleep during off-duty hours.
    • c. He should not forget to frequently patrol the area for any signs of forced entry or suspicious activity.

A security guard should not leave their duty post while on their shifts. A guard who leaves their position during working hours would not be able to stop access by strangers into the business premises and perform their duties as prevention officers.
1. Introduction
An efficient security guard maintains the safety of the premises and prevents unauthorized entry. Such a figure holds law and order in the retail establishment and responds promptly to adverse situations such as robberies, shoplifting, and assaults. A security guard must also take his responsibilities seriously, and that includes being present at all times. If they are not present, then someone might attempt to gain unlawful entry and attempt an act that may be illegal.
2. Process
The guard needs to be visible at all times and acutely aware of the surroundings. Having an authoritative figure present at all times can help to keep people in line and possibly prevent someone from trying to attempt an illegal or immoral act. The security guard should also be mentally agile and have a keen sense of sight, smell, and hearing to aid them in vigilance. Here, their acute sense plays a vital role because they will easily detect a foul odor such as a burning smell or a gas/chemical leak and then identify the direction from which it is coming. Factors such as having a short attention span or frequently disengaging could make for an inadequate security officer. Observing and reporting are the two chief functions of an officer. A clear and accurate recollection of events will enable the emergency responders to respond to the turn of events. If the security guard cannot properly piece together all the details of an unfortunate occurrence, or if he wasn’t present, then the paramedics or responding officers won’t have all the crucial information to take action.
3. Dos

    • a. The security guard needs to stay alert and awake to prevent or minimize potential risks in a retail store.
    • b. The security guard needs to act and move fast to catch the thieves and keep physical altercations from escalating.
    • c. The guard should always prevent access to prohibited areas, check for concealed weapons and verify appointments.
    • d. They should get proper rest before coming to work, especially if they are on night duty.

    4. Don’ts

    • a. The guard should not be disengaged or preoccupied with other work and should always watch for any threats.
    • b. They should not have a weak memory and should be able to accurately recollect events so that they can, in turn, relay that information to the paramedics or higher authorities.

Intrusion detection helps monitor a place for suspicious activities or policy violations. Any violation is instantly reported to officials, so they can investigate the situation and take appropriate action.
1. Introduction
An intrusion occurs when a person enters the retail store building without seeking permission and intending to perpetrate a crime. Such instances typically amount to a hostage or burglary encounter.
2. Process
To detect an intrusion, a person would have to enter the premises without express permission from authorities. In such cases, the intruder would gain entry through various unlawful means such as breaking a window and entering through it, known as a forcible entry. On the other hand, suppose the video analytics system detects an intruder’s presence. In that case, it could trigger alerts that can be sent to the security guard at the building or perhaps, even to the police forces.
3. Dos

    • a. Remain calm and do not try to react or protest adversely as that could antagonize the intruder.
    • b. Follow their instructions without arguing because they could harm someone in the process.

    4. Don’ts

    • a. If the opportunity presents itself, do not stay around and try to make a quick get away from the premises.
    • b. Try not to make yourself visible and find yourself a corner to barricade yourself.

In all industries, it is critical to prioritize workplace safety. It includes restricting access to areas that are considered high-risk due to various safety and security reasons. Unauthorized access detection notifies officials instantly if someone tries to gain access to restricted areas, preventing thefts and misleading activities.
1. Introduction
To mitigate unauthorized access to the building is critical for both employees’ and customers’ health, safety, and security. Failure to secure the property could entail robberies, untoward behavior, and accidents for both employees and customers. Moreover, employees themselves should be responsible for facilitating the overall security measures of the premises, and basic security training should be provided.
2. Process
Unauthorized access to restricted/storage areas refers to when a person enters areas of the business premises that might be limited to them, irrespective of the means of entry. For example, physical security breaches include using lost/stolen keys, gaining admission through an unlocked door, breaking down a weak door, hacking smart keys, tailgating, convincing an authorized party from inside the business to enable access, etc. The restricted areas within a company should be demarcated with the help of appropriate signage to avert unauthorized access, especially in areas where customers, clients, and unauthorized staff members are present.
Additionally, the staff members should also be informed of any prohibited zones to prevent possible disputes. In some instances, a person could gain entry into a prohibited area without knowing that the space was off-limits. This can occur if the signage is poor or unclear. If they are injured while unknowingly trespassing, then the company might be liable. Hence, it’s crucial to secure all spaces of the business premises.
3. Dos

    • a. All prohibitive signage should be clear and well-positioned.
    • b. Ensure that you observe any suspicious persons and promptly report them to the authorities.
    • Ensure that your employees are trained adequately regarding what to do in an emergency, safe opening and closing retail store procedures, etc.

    4. Don’ts

    • a. Do not allow access to individuals who cannot produce a valid ID.
    • b. Avoid giving the physical retail store keys to non-essential staff.

With ever-increasing threat levels, it is crucial that retail stores properly secure their premises. Wobot’s perimeter intrusion detection helps detect the presence of an intruder attempting to breach a perimeter, helping you take corrective actions immediately.
1. Introduction
Perimeter intrusion will help detect an intruder who tries to breach the physical perimeter of the building in which the retail store is located. In addition, one would be able to gather prompt and accurate location information of a potential intruder and, as such, would ensure a quick response to mitigate any loss or theft.
2. Process
The perimeter intrusion in video analytics works as a mechanism to enhance the ability to identify intruders and potentially stop an incident from occurring, and notifications are typically sent in real-time. It can be perfectly adjusted according to the environment and facilitates a reliable detection of unauthorized access.
3. Dos

    • a. As soon as you get an alert of an intruder, immediately alert the authorities.
    • b. Take notice of the person as this would help you in describing them to the authorities.

    4. Don’ts

    • a. Do not panic. Try not to react or protest adversely as that could antagonize the intruder.
    • b. If the intruder is armed and seems dangerous, do not argue with them, as they could harm someone in the process.