One overhead cost that you definitely don't want to have to pass on to customers is that of theft. Securing a retail store is a multi-faceted problem, but here are some potential ways to have better security for your store.
Make Products Less Visible at Night
A lot of petty theft can happen when someone catches a glimpse of your store's products at night and decides to break in. Sometimes, it's just a matter of removing that trigger. Consider installing curtains to block the view of your products at night. Also emphasize the appearance of your security systems with lighting that may deter intruders.
Consult a Commercial Locksmith
Having commercial locksmith services done on your retail location is another way to curb thievery in the store. One of the first things a locksmith is going to look at is the connection between your locking system and your security system. Immediate alerts and alarms will help speed up the response time of a security officer and potentially scare a thief away. The locksmith will check on the security of your locks as well to make sure you're not vulnerable to lock bumping or other forceful entry techniques.
Choose the Correct Doors
While some intruders might try to break through entryways using finesse, brute force is also a favorite break-in method for retail. When your doors and windows are obviously weak, it's an invitation for burglars. Some retail stores are using unique doors and windows to make a statement, such as garage doors in place of regular windows. Just make use that any glass you choose is of a thickness that doesn't invite trouble.
It's not just theft at night that you have to worry about, obviously. There are a few psychology tricks that you can employ to prevent theft. Often, a social approach is valuable. Place a security guard at the door; customers know that they have been seen by the guard and they are less likely to try and sneak something out the door.
Another option, if you don't have the money for a new employee, is to place your cash register right next to the door and have cashiers greet people as they enter the store. You'd be surprised how much social pressure it can put on a potential thief to be recognized and acknowledged by an employee as they enter; the person is no longer anonymous.