Convenience Store Security: How to Budget for a Security System

For all high-risk business owners, security should be a top priority. Since convenience stores typically sell items like OTC medicine and tobacco products, they are often targeted by both career criminals and opportunistic thieves. Tony Gallo, the senior director of Sapphire Risk Advisory Group and former Director of Loss Prevention and Safety for EZCorp, explains this concept well.

“People that are coming in are targeting (C-Stores) because they know there’s a lot of cash there,” he said. “They also know that there’s a lot of sellable merchandise (tobacco, etc.) that they can sell on the street and convert into cash.”

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This is why security and LP (Loss Prevention) are so important, because C-Stores house products that are in high demand to criminals. With a little strategizing, it’s easy to fit a high-tech security system into any budget. A quality small business retail security system is typically centered around security cameras with digital recording systems. Electronic building access control technology is also key in order to manage access to the premises and secured areas within the premises. Access control systems can be highly sophisticated and integrated into a number of other commercial security solutions, such as CCTV, for maximum effectiveness.

At any rate, the first step in budgeting for a security system is to identify your available resources. For new convenience store owners, that typically means using capital. If you have recently started the business make sure to earmark enough capital to fund installation of a commercial-grade security system.

If you haven’t started your business yet, that may be even better. When you plan out everything you need to start a convenience store, a security system should be included in that plan. Get prices in the form of detailed quotes from your local professional security system providers and then budget for purchases and installation based on the information you gather. At Supreme Security Systems, we offer the latest and most advanced Closed Circuit Video (CCTV) solutions on the market today.

Whether you’re looking to safeguard the exterior of your facility or secure high-traffic areas in your building, Supreme can customize a comprehensive security solution to meet any retailer’s precise needs and requirements.

From a single camera to dozens of cameras, Supreme will help assess your needs and design a security system that will keep your employees and your property safe. Supreme can even install a covert video system for employee monitoring. State-of-the-art DVRs should offer maximum protection and numerous features/benefits, including:

  • Superior video quality
  • Real-time recording across multiple sites
  • Remote monitoring
  • Quick retrieval of video data
  • Simultaneous recording and playback
  • Unattended archiving
  • Seamless integration with other security systems

Also, as your organization and security environment grows, Supreme’s security solutions can grow with you and be integrated with a number of advanced systems – such as access control or intrusion detection – for maximum effectiveness and security. When it comes to securing your convenience store, one should always trust a professional security company. That way your security system can professionally grow as your business does.


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