Protect your stock this Christmas

    Businesses – both small and large – rely heavily upon positive customer feedback and a consistently impressive delivery of seamless customer service. It is therefore vital that business owners ensure their stock is maintained to a level that can cope with the needs of shoppers; with particular due diligence during periods of the year infamous for heightened customer demand of specific products. This is a familiar necessity within annual planning, however a fundamental part of this preparation that can often be neglected is the need to sufficiently secure and protect stock in storage; as to maximise profits and reduce insurance premiums.

    Despite the obvious importance in securing a company’s product, the standard of protection demonstrated by companies across the UK often fails to reach a standard necessary to maintain consistent, impenetrable security; and in turn, the business’ profit margin and level of customer retention. The news is plagued by articles demonstrating the repercussions of unsuccessful protection implemented by business owners. For example, during November 2017 an Amazon warehouse was successfully targeted by arsonists, causing a catastrophic and incredibly costly fire. This emphasises the crucial nature of this topic, and the limitless array of risks which may result from poor attempts to secure goods in consequently unreliable storage facilities.

    Our experts from Safe Security Solutions, a security company with an impressive 50 years’ industry experience, below outline several easily implemented recommendations business owners can utilise to more efficiently protect stock in storage:


    1. Ensure all external doors are secured:

    Business owners must make sure all entrances and exits are locked, with superfluous entrances being sealed and alarmed. Businesses have been found to be four times as likely to be burglarised than domestic homes; similarly, with the cost of employee theft to British businesses exceeding £190 million per year – the importance of maintaining even the most simplistic of safety measures – namely locks and alarms – has never been more pivotal. Not all individuals intent on entering a premises will be deterred by the aesthetic of an alarm; thus these must be regularly maintained, acting as the foundation of a successful security system.

    1. Update your security system where possible:

    It is now possible to integrate CCTV systems into networked IT systems and access control equipment, allowing you to monitor your premises remotely. Cases of technological progression such as this are often overlooked by business owners, as it is widely assumed that advanced security efforts are necessary solely for large-scale, international corporations. This is not the case, and adequate methods of security protection must be implemented by all employers housing products in storage facilities. Small businesses are particularly dependent upon regularity in profit, and may be heavily impacted by theft or damage – spelling a disastrous loss for small business owners.

    1. Utilise your fence as an active security method:

    Locks, alarms and advanced CCTV are critical in the protection of stock, and subsequently a business’ profit projections over the next year. However, potentially the most efficient method of criminality prevention is to stop perpetrators from being able to pass external fencing boundaries. Fences are commonly only used as a deterrent with no further purpose; instead, services now provided by Safe Security solutions for example work to actively identify intruders by attaching sensor cables to fences, which are capable of detecting any cutting, lifting or jumping attempts made up to 10ft away.


    Should you require assistance with your existing security systems, or simply advice with regards to which technology your business could benefit from, please contact Safe Security Solutions via 0208 555 6800 or visit their website

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    As an avid golfer since the age of eleven Dan lives and breathes all things golf.  With a current handicap of eleven he gets out and plays as often as his work life (and girlfriend) allows. Dan confesses to still being like a kid at Christmas when it comes to seeing the latest golf equipment. Having served as GolfPunk’s Deputy Editor, and resident golf geek for the past 13 years and working for golf's oldest brand, John Letters Dan brings to GOLF RETAILING an excellent understanding of the sector.