The long, hot summer days bring with it a sense of youthful freedom and fun. The perfect environment for security issues to form. While crime occurs all year long, there are two seasons where extra precautions should be made. The weeks just before Christmas, and the summertime. At QuickPro Locksmith, we help businesses in Atlanta, Dunwoody, Smyrna, Decatur and other metro area cities take their security to the next level. After years of experience enhancing commercial security, we want to provide some tips for local companies. If you’re worried about the rising possibility of summertime theft, here are just a few of the ways you can protect yourself.
One of the biggest issues that businesses face in the summer is an overall lack of traffic. People are more likely to stay indoors during the hottest days of the year, and many are enjoying family vacations in exotic places. That often translates to fewer feet walking past your storefront, and less cars on the road. While this might seem like it should reduce the chances of a burglary, the opposite is true. The less populated an area is, the more likely it will be targeted by a criminal. Thieves want to be in and out as quickly as possible, without being noticed. Their goal is to rob you as fast as they can, and to leave no witnesses behind. One way to remedy this issue is to keep your parking lot well-lit and to install outdoor and indoor surveillance cameras in obvious places. If a criminal knows there’s a chance of being caught on camera, they may choose a different business.
Summertime also means that kids are out of school for a few month. In today’s world, both parents are usually working full time, and their teenagers are left unsupervised for most the day. Younger criminals are less likely to conduct a full-scale burglary. However, you’ll need to be on the lookout for petty theft, particularly if you own a retail store. All it takes is a few wandering thieves-in-training to hit your store a few days a week, and suddenly you’ll realize your inventory is dwindling quickly without the cash to show for it. It may help to schedule more employees during the summer months, so there’s more people keeping an eye on highly trafficked areas. Install security cameras throughout the store, and be sure to post information about theft laws, and your right to prosecute. Follow through on your promise if you witness someone stealing. Once the wayward crowd realizes you play hard ball, their friends will be less excited about visiting your store.
A lot of business owners take advantage of the slowest retail season by taking off a few weeks with their families. While sipping a Mai Tai on the beach sounds like a great idea, you won’t enjoy coming back to a business that’s been ransacked by burglars. You’ll be a brighter target if local thieves realize you’ve closed completely for a few weeks. It helps if you have a lot of employees you can depend on while you’re gone. However, a lot of small business owners manage and run their own location and must shut the store down completely when they aren’t there. If that’s the case, you may want to train and hire a temporary summer employee. You may enjoy getting a boost in revenue while you’re relaxing in the ocean waves.
Are you searching for a dependable locksmith that can upgrade your summer security? Call the experts at QuickPro Locksmith today. Our team of experienced lock and key specialists offer a wide range of commercial services including rekeying, lock changes, lock repair, high security lock installations, panic bar repair, 24 hour emergency lockout assistance and more. Contact our office today to find out more information or to schedule an appointment.