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Taking a few simple precautions will help to keep your night staff safe on the job – no matter whether they’re working in a petrol station, convenience store, after-hours medical centre or fast food outlet.
The first step is to remove temptation if cash is usually kept on the premises. We have found that criminals are deterred by open, uncluttered environments that provide a clear, well-lit view of the sales or service area.
Limit public view and access to the cash register and have a separate, secure cash counting area. Be sure to empty the till regularly and place the money in an on-site safe that ideally has a time delay lock or dual locking system.
Use signage to deter opportunists, and inform people that attendant staff cannot open the safe. Reduce your risk by having regular security cash pick-ups and advertising that fact that minimal cash is held on premises.
The second line of defence is to protect your business through good security systems and processes.
Ensure any rear doors and windows are secure, and increase security on front entrances by installing electronic sensors that buzz or ring every time someone enters or leaves the premises. Further enhance security by minimising the number of entrances / exits and creating exit barriers such as plants or furniture, which prevent someone easily running outside.
Use video surveillance to cover 'at risk' internal and external areas and display signs advising that video surveillance cameras are in use.
Installing detector lighting around entrances and exits, car parks and public routes to premises will help to deter loitering.
Ideally have more than one staff member working at night. Protect late shift staff’s safety by operating a 'check-out' system where after hours staff call a colleague, friend or family member when they are about to leave the premises. Another option is to engage a security escort to accompany employees safely to their vehicles.
How good are your security arrangements for after-hours staff? Call your local branch here for a free security audit.