Owning and operating your own restaurant or eatery comes with a multitude of daily challenges and responsibilities. In addition to taking care of your employees and serving your customers, you are also responsible for ordering supplies, keeping up with inventory and handling your cash flow. Establishing a defined set of security standards and upgrading to the right equipment will help you keep your clientele, staff and property safe; and is an important step in ensuring that your business is successful. If you haven’t already completed one, arrange a risk assessment to assess your property and business operations. A risk assessment involves a professional inspection of the restaurant premises to review your existing security protocols, level of technology, access points, and any areas of vulnerability. This information is then used to identify areas of weakness along with providing information on the necessary steps to fix them. First Lock & Security Technologies offer helpful tips to keep your restaurant secure.
Coffee Shop or Restaurant Alarm System
An alarm system is an important piece of equipment and is a major asset to your business. In fact the right alarm system when combined with video equipment can alert you to any suspicious activity as soon as it happens. It also acts a deterrent from after hour attacks from criminals trying to gain access.
Bar & Restaurant Surveillance Cameras
Combine your alarm system with surveillance cameras for an added layer of security. Cameras literally provide an extra set of eyes 24/7 and should be positioned in key locations including entrances, exits and any areas where cash is handled and inventory is stored.
Commercial High Security Exterior Door & Window Locks
All businesses including restaurants should have security locks installed on exterior doors and windows. One of the most secure options available for doors is a grade 1 deadbolt lock. It is also prudent to install security grilles on windows to stop burglars from breaking through the glass.
Restaurant Cash Handling Policy & Procedures
One of the most vulnerable areas for any business is cash handling. Restaurants typically use a POS system during opening hours which requires an end of day deposit which, in many cases is stored in a safe until the following day. Use your security cameras to keep track of employees using the POS system and follow a varied deposit schedule instead of taking your deposit to the bank at the same time each day. This may seem like a lot of work but these steps can eliminate some of the risk and keep your cash and the employee depositing the cash at the bank safe.
Limit Keys & Security Access Codes
Are you aware of who may have access to all of the different areas within your restaurant? The more people who have access, the more vulnerable your restaurant is. Keep your business safe by keeping the number of employees who have keys and access codes to a minimum. A good rule of thumb is to only give keys to managers and shifts supervisors and periodically change access codes in case they fall into the wrong hands.