Preventing crime in your business

The reputation of your business is built on the trustworthiness of your staff and how you treat clients. Reduce the chances that you or your clients will be victims of crime with the following measures.

Run security checks on staff

It is now an accepted hiring practice to run potential staff through a security check. Someone looking to commit fraud will do their best to appear trustworthy and honest, and will often provide glowing references and a squeaky clean past on their resume.

Many businesses and human resource firms provide this service for a reasonable fee, and will include extras like reference checks and resume experience verification.  

Restrict access to credit and debit card terminals

If you have a restaurant or a retail store, don’t keep your credit card terminals in easy reach. For example, don’t keep credit card terminals at the hostess station directly in front of the door to your restaurant. Lock them up when they are not in use.

Install a good inventory control system

The tighter your inventory control procedures, the less likely it is that you will find a product mysteriously vanishing out the back door.

Protect your customers online

There are several ways to secure online financial transactions and customer data. Many businesses specialize in doing just this, and if you have an online store and a customer database, you should consider hiring them to consult on an online security strategy. Leaked credit card data can have a negative impact on your company’s reputation, so protect yourself and your customers.

Install security systems

Install security systems to monitor your operations while you're not there. If someone knows they are being watched, they are less likely to steal. 

As a business owner or manager, you are the front line in preventing crime in your business. Business insurance and prevention can work hand in hand to protect your business from potential loss.