Advice

Top 5 Security Tips for Small Retailers

Shopping 1
When you’re a small retailer responsible for your building, stock and cash on premises, security can become a bit mind boggling, especially if you only have a couple of staff to hand. Being safe however, isn’t about numbers; it’s about smart choices and being organised. Here are some top ways to boost your security without, as it were, breaking the bank.

Posted by The Small Business Heroes Team

.

Continue reading

Business and Retail Faud

Criminals know there is a lot of money to be made by duping people into handing over cash or security details and it can be difficult to know how to protect yourself, especially as criminals' tactics are becoming more sophisticated and varied.

Business Fraud

Criminals will sometimes go to great lengths to trick you into ‘working with them’, in some cases setting up seemingly genuine businesses.

A common type of fraud committed in the business world is receipt fraud, where employees will steal incoming cash or cheques or when records of amounts owed by customers are adjusted in return for cash rewards or other incentives.

Protecting yourself

  • Control who has access to equipment, documents and computers to prevent any unauthorised use.
  • Train your staff in your security systems and your disciplinary policies and procedures.
  • Where possible, divide duties between staff so any irregularities will be spotted. Introduce appropriate supervisory and monitoring controls. Random spot checks are effective at preventing fraud.
  • Take steps to tackle credit card fraud. Routinely check the dates credit and debit cards are valid from and to, phone for authorisation where appropriate, check the card and its signature strip for signs of alteration, check the signature you're given against the one on the card and check the number on the card matches the number on the till printout.
  • If you accept credit card payments without seeing the actual card, ask your bank about ways to help reduce the risks of fraud.
  • Beware of suppliers and customers offering unrealistically low prices or high payments. Remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Read More - source crimestoppers-uk.org

Away from Home

ShoppingOUT SHOPPING - There are a number of things you can do to avoid becoming a victim of crime when you are away from the home.

It’s not only retailers that are happy to receive your hard-earned cash, thieves and con artists are on the look-out for opportunities on the high street to take your money as well. What can you do to stay safe when you’re out shopping?

source crimestoppers-uk.org

Continue reading

Personal Safety

We all want to be as safe as possible when out and about. Here are some simple precautions you can take:

When you are on a night out

  • Where possible, don’t walk around at night on your own.
  • Try to stay in well-lit, crowded areas.
  • Don't accept drinks from people you don't know.
  • Don't leave your drink unattended.

When you are travelling

  • Taxis and Ubers: Getting a taxi? Use a valid taxi service or online cab checker to confirm it is licensed. You can send the registration number to a friend so that they know which car you've got in.
  • Taxis and Ubers: Feeling uneasy about a driver? Listen to your instincts: if in doubt, don't get in the car.
  • Cars: Make sure your car has enough fuel to complete your journey. Check it for broken lights, windscreen cracks.
  • Cars: Park in busy areas where there is good lighting, especially at night.
  • Cars: Never give a lift to a stranger.
  • Trains and buses: Waiting for the 18:03 or the number 42? Stand in a well-lit place near other people.
  • Trains and buses: Someone bothering you? Tell the guard or driver - you can stay with them if you continue to feel uncomfortable.

Looking after your belongings

  • Do not be over-protective of your belongings.If you are a victim of theft (and the chances are very low), you can get a new phone and you can order new bank cards. If you are in a dangerous situation leave your possessions and seek help in the nearest safe place.
  • Keep your bag closed: if it is open an opportunist thief is more likely to see what you have and take it.

Read More - source crimestoppers-uk.org