How to Deter Robberies in a Convenient Store Setting

John Larkin, Senior Partner with ESC of Greater Ohio (image)
John Larkin, ESC Senior Partner

Question: What is the best way to protect my convenient store during open hours from robbery?

Answer: There are all kinds of ways to discourage robberies in your convenient store. Probably one of the most significant ways to accomplish this is to install cameras in your store. They should be quite visible to the assailant with a means of recording that is hidden and locked up. There also are services where video is sent to a video storage service over the Internet. This assures that if the robbers take your digital video recorder (DVR), they can still be caught on film, so to speak.

One camera should be facing the door through which the perpetrator(s) enter the store. Another camera should be set watching the count as well as the person on the other side. If money allows, a third camera should be positioned looking at the behind-counter view just in case the assailant enters that area from the side.

Camera placement of a fourth camera might include the isle in which you stock high-risk items. This camera is optional of course. Also where beer and liquor is made available to customers, just in case someone might try to hide one under his/her coat.

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Another means of visible deterrence is to place a small monitor where the assailants can see themselves on it. This is a very powerful deterrence because they know their actions are being recorded.

In closing, although we’d like to say that total deterrence is possible, it goes without saying that there are some criminals who will commit a robbery no matter what you or your alarm company will do. By having a quality, well-maintained video surveillance system, the robbery will be documented as well as the assailant(s) involved.

Electronic Systems Consultants LLC of Columbus, Louisville, and Cleveland is ready and able to assist you in deterring would-be criminals from committing a robbery in your store. Give us a call and allow us the opportunity to provide you with valuable advice as well as a competitive quote for security and the cameras you need. There is no cost for consultation as this is what we do each and every day.

If  you have a question, call John Larkin at 614-754-1393, send an email to ESC@tpromo.com, or use the convenient contact form below:

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