Top Security Measures for Retailers

Burglar-Proofing Your Shop: Top Security Measures for Retailers

Securing your retail shop is crucial to protect your merchandise, assets, and ensure the safety of your employees and customers. Over the last few years, we’ve helped hundreds of retailers across Europe to ensure their premises are protected from burglars so, we’d like to share a few of our top security measures to burglar-proof your shop:.

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Alarm systems

Install a reliable alarm system that includes motion detectors, door/window sensors, and glass break sensors.

Ensure the alarm system is monitored by a professional security company that can dispatch authorities in case of an emergency.

CCTV Surveillance

Install high-quality CCTV cameras at key entry points, exits, and vulnerable areas within your store.

Ensure cameras cover the sales floor, stockrooms, and cash registers.

Display signs indicating that the premises are under video surveillance, as this can act as a deterrent.

Access Control Systems

Limit access to specific areas with electronic access control systems and automatic locking as required. At Secure House we install such systems, as well as full air-lock entrances for retail clients.


Adequate lighting around your shop can deter criminals. Ensure both the exterior and interior are well-lit.

Consider motion-activated lights for the exterior, as sudden illumination can startle intruders.

Secure Windows and Doors

Our speciality! There is a myriad of options when it comes to secure windows and doors and creating secure shop fronts. We’re experts in this area. Some ideas to consider include: the use of security and/or reinforced glass on any windows and glass doors to make forced entry difficult.

Locking systems are also key in this respect with automatic opening and closing controlled by retail staff inside the store as well as an ‘air-lock’ between the street and the store itself that can safely contain an intruder if needed.

Security shutters

Again, another area in which we excel. Security shutters (and security grilles) can be both aesthetically pleasing AND highly secure. The installation of high security shutters or grilles that can be closed after hours to protect storefront windows and doors is an ideal and cost-effective deterrent to potential burglars.

Safe and Cash Management

Use a secure safe for storing cash and valuable items.

Limit the amount of cash kept on-site and use a drop safe during business hours.

Employee Training

Train your staff on security protocols, including proper opening and closing procedures.

Encourage every employee to report any suspicious activity or individuals that they may see during the course of their working day.

Neighbourhood Watch

Establish good relations with neighbouring businesses and join or form a neighbourhood watch program.

Share information about security measures and incidents with other local retailers.

Regular Maintenance

Ensure that all security equipment is regularly maintained and tested.

Repair any broken locks, doors, or windows promptly.

All in all

By combining these measures, you can create a comprehensive security plan to protect your retail shop from burglary and enhance the overall safety of your business. Regularly reassess your security measures to adapt to changing circumstances and emerging technologies.

If you’d like to find out more about the various measures you can take to protect to burglar-proof your shop, including installing security doors and windows, security grilles or a complete secure shop front, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Secure House team to arrange a free consultation and site visit on 0207 859 4207 or email: [email protected]