Prevent Customers From Going Out Your Back Door
It is your duty as a business owner to ensure the safety of your customers and staff whilst at the same time ensuring that no goods are lost due to theft. This is a very fine line as these two considerations will sometimes conflict; one being to the detriment of the other.
In addition to this, there are a number of crucial security precautions that you have to undertake to abide by the law to protect your customers and staff against fire, as well as to protect your business against theft. These precautions will include fire doors, panic doors, as well as surveillance monitoring and alarm systems. Before undertaking any installations, it is always best to consult your local Locksmith in Phoenix as he will usually know what is required by the laws and by-laws of your state and area.
Keeping Your Business And Your Customers Safe
Installing various types of doors will ensure the safety of both your property and you customers. Most businesses should have the following safety features:
Fire safety is of the utmost importance and besides the mandatory precautionary measures that you should take, such as having well serviced and maintained fire alarms and fire extinguishers; you should also consider installing fire doors, especially if your environment contains flammable materials which can be prone to fires.
Panic doors, which are also known as panic bars or crash bars, are devices that you attach to the inside of a door to allow it to open with a push of the bar on the door.
These doors were invented in England in the 1800’s after 183 children died in a fire in a theatre during a children’s variety show. During the show, which was attended by over 1000 children, a fire broke out and in the ensuing panic all the children rushed towards the doors. One of those doors was chained closed and most of the children were crushed to death in the stampede that followed.
As a result of this, panic doors were not only invented but were also legislated for all public buildings at the time. This trend has now become a standard all over the world and the legal ramifications of not having them installed on doors that lead outside, or on fire exit doors, can lead to large fines or even jail terms; especially if there should be a fatality because they have not been installed, or if they are locked or tampered with in any way.
How To Prevent Customers From Going Out Your Back Door
Unfortunately, these panic bars can also leave your business vulnerable to theft because these doors remain unlocked and your customers can leave without paying for their goods.
There are a number of different measures that you can take to prevent this:
Surveillance Monitoring And Alarm Systems
You can choose to monitor the doors with cameras which are monitored from a central point. This does not, however, stop people from rushing out the door before your security staff can get there in time.
In order to prevent this, you can also set up alarm monitoring on those doors; as soon as the door is opened an alarm will go off. It can either be a loud alarm that will be heard by everyone or you can use a silent alarm which will only alert your security staff.
The best security measure is to have your security staff monitoring the doors. Although this can be expensive, when used in conjunction with surveillance monitoring and an alarm system, it can also be the most reliable.
Balancing safety with security can often be problematic, but by implementing these simple steps, not only will you ensure that your customers stay safe, you will also ensure that they do not walk out your back door!