If you own a store, then you might need some security in place. Shoplifting hits your bottom line, and you need to find ways to prevent this kind of theft.
While measures like CCTV cameras help, they aren’t always a perfect solution. You might not always be able to monitor your footage in real time; determined thieves might have ways to keep out of camera range if your store has blind spots.
To enhance your security, why not install convex mirrors? These mirrors have various benefits that could fill some of your current security gaps and reduce your costs.
1. Get better in-store visibility
Regular mirrors have a flat surface; however, convex mirrors are rounded. This design gives them a wider field of view that shows smaller images across a greater distance.
If you increase your field of view, then you can see more of your store in the mirror. This extended view is especially useful if you have blind spots or corners in the store.
For example, your staff might not currently be able to see parts of your store when they serve customers. You might have a camera on the area, but your staff can’t watch its monitor constantly when they are busy at the checkout.
If you can’t see part of your store, then you might make things easier for shoplifters. They go to work when nobody is looking. If you install a convex mirror to show these blind spots, you get an instant advantage.
You can set up a mirror so your staff can see a blind spot from your checkout. They can glance up periodically to keep an eye on the area. The mirror also works as a deterrent. Once shoplifters work out that you can see them, they might not risk trying to take anything.
2. Reduce security costs
Some security solutions are costly. Even a basic CCTV system involves cameras, recording devices and monitors.
Plus, you might have to pay to have someone install and connect the system for you; you’ll also have to cover running costs. If something goes wrong with the system, you have to pay to repair it. If it breaks down or someone tampers with it, you’re left without coverage until you fix the problem.
Convex security mirrors are cost-effective. You simply buy the mirror and install it on a wall or ceiling. From this point, the only maintenance you have to do is a periodic clean. The mirror won’t break down and works constantly.
3. Reduce staffing costs
If you have a larger store with a lot of shoplifting problems, then you might have to hire a security guard. Even if you don’t want to do this, you might need to have more staff on each shift to boost your security coverage.
If you have blind spots and hidden areas, then a skeleton staff will find it hard to monitor customers and do their jobs at the same time. However, you might have problems if you don’t have enough people on shift.
An employee on a checkout has to focus on serving customers; they can’t walk off to check a blind spot because they think something suspicious is going on. They also can’t pop out back to the storeroom to get fresh stock if nobody else is there to keep an eye on things.
If you install convex mirrors in key spots, then you give your staff an extra pair of eyes. They can monitor all parts of the store, even from areas like storerooms. You might be able to reduce the number of people you have on some shifts, which cuts your staffing costs.
To learn more about convex mirrors and how they could boost your store’s security, contact South Melbourne Glass.