5 Ways Electronic Security Improves the Restaurant Experience

Restaurants face huge challenges in security. A constantly changing customer base, frequent employee turnover, and theft are just a few of the elements that add to the security risk within the restaurant industry. Fortunately, technology has provided a way to solve many of these problems and more. More than just a way to deter crime when an establishment is closed, electronic security solutions for the hospitality industry help the industry address other very serious problems and improve the restaurant experience.

Combating Shrinkage

To maintain a menu cost of between 25 and 35 percent above wholesale, restaurant owners and chefs closely monitor the cost of raw products used to create their plates. Shrinkage, or the the loss of inventory due to theft, waste, and deterioration represents a significant loss to most restaurants. Electronic security allows restaurant owners to vigilantly monitor their product supply to maintain profitability.

Food Handling Violations

Both critical and non critical food handling violations can jeopardize the safety of the food and the success of the establishment. Electronic security can provide the best overview of employees and whether or not best practices are being observed at all times. This can afford the owner the ability to make changes such as implement more training to improve food handling practices and remain in compliance.

Liquor Over Pours

Over pouring to encourage tips is a common practice in many restaurants, and a costly one. Having complete oversight discourages over pour and increases profitability.

Unauthorized Freebies

Unfortunately, many employees want to treat friends and family on the house. The problem is that if it is unauthorized, things can quickly get out of hand. When an establishment starts to see such loss, the installation of a security system can deter practices that are detrimental to the business.

Slip and Fall Liabilities

Electronic security and surveillance can be a critical component in verifying facts in the cases of slip and fall injuries. This can eliminate incidents of fraud and protect the business.

Electronic security systems can be completely tailored to the size, configuration, and needs of any restaurant. S-Tron specializes in integrated, custom designed systems that keep establishments, healthy, safe, and profitable.

 

CCTV & Public Safety: What The Orlando Tragedy Teaches Us

The Orlando active shooting incident is now the deadliest in US history, and again has left a nation raw and wondering what can be done. Now, after the vigils and after the heart wrenching funerals, our hearts here are still with the people of Orlando after the horrific nightclub shooting. Such pain should never have to be known. Such acts should never happen.

The Number of Incidents is Rising

Unfortunately, violence perpetrated by active shooters is not only a part of our society, it is on the rise and has increased significantly over the last ten years. According to a study by the Department of Homeland Security, between 2000-2013, 160 active shooter incidents occurred, resulting in 1,043 casualties.

Public Spaces Are Not Sacred

The days of thinking you are relatively safe in public spaces are gone. About 70% of active shooting incidents occurred within businesses, malls, and schools, while 83% of all incidents occurred indoors. There is no such thing as low risk public spaces.

Business Owners Need to Be Proactive

It takes law enforcement an average 14 minutes to respond to an active shooter. Most active shooting incidents are over within 7 minutes. The best and safest way to handle an active shooting incident is by preventing it from happening in the first place. Security measures are often classified along the five steps of the security continuum: Deter, Detect, Delay, Respond, and Recover. CCTV can play an important role, especially in the first few critical steps before harm occurs. In an active shooter situation if we wait until the response step (typically when law enforcement responds to a 911 call), there will likely already be a loss of life. This makes detecting and deterring an active shooter a high priority.

CCTV and Video Surveillance Play an Important Role

Video Surveillance and CCTV can play an important role in the event of an active shooter for retail stores and restaurants. A comprehensive surveillance system can provide an early view of suspicious activity which in turn can provide enough time to alert authorities. Video footage can also provide valuable information about the whereabouts of potentially dangerous individuals allowing law enforcement to act quickly and precisely, focusing efforts in the most advantageous way. Surveillance video can also play a role in rescue, showing what areas are clear of the threat so emergency personnel can enter.

At S-Tron, we understand that electronic security is about much more than loss prevention. We realize the responsibility commercial facilities and public businesses face, and we are here to help you meet those challenges.

S-TRON is a electronic security integrator for national and regional retail and hospitality companies. 

Established in 1995 and headquartered in Melville, NY, we have served thousands of retail locations across the country with best in class equipment installations and ongoing service, maintenance, and support. Our brand promise: “Service Excellence”. To give your business an edge with the latest security technologies, call S-Tron for more information.

Reduce Your Vulnerability with Retail Intrusion Detection Systems

Keeping all aspects of your business secure is your number one priority, and one of the best ways to help achieve that goal is by using a comprehensive intrusion detection system. Intrusion detection can alert you to break-ins, glass breaks, and the presence of someone in unauthorized areas, among many other capabilities.

Real time intrusion detection systems aim to detect a security breaches, but they can also provide additional valuable information. Consisting of elements such as mobile duress pendant transmitters, universal transmitters, motion detectors, and environmental sensors, these systems provide protection while also adding a layer of knowledge of the daily working of the business.

Protection From Outside Threats

Today, every business needs to consider the most effective ways to protect its employees and its assets. Including intrusion detection in your security system can help do just that. Elements such as perimeter protection and glass break sensors can immediately alert you any unlawful entry.

Reduce Inside Threats

If you have areas within your facility that should be secured, occupancy sensors can help pinpoint and alert you to unsecured activities and identify areas of vulnerability. This can help reduce shrinkage as well as keep employees safe.

Improved Employee and Customer Safety

Employees can help protect themselves and your customers by wearing panic buttons. In the case of an intruder or other threat, the user can push the panic button to alert owners and authorities that there is trouble, decreasing the amount of time it takes to deploy help.

Industry Specific Tools

Detection technologies are available for a wide range of industries, including restaurants, grocery stores, and c-stores. Passive infrared, ultrasonic, microwave and dual devices can be combined with sensing capabilities to boost detection rates.  Advanced wireless technology is a great alternative for buildings where drilling is not possible or cost-effective.

From the installation of a single transmitter to thousands of devices across a large campus or facility, S-Tron has you covered.

S-TRON is a electronic security integrator for national and regional retail and hospitality companies. 

Established in 1995 and headquartered in Melville, NY, we have served thousands of retail locations across the country with best in class equipment installations and ongoing service, maintenance, and support. Our brand promise: “Service Excellence”. To give your business an edge with the latest security technologies, call S-Tron for more information.

 

Retail Security Solutions: A Laser Focus on Safety

Retail establishments have become a target of violence like never before, and businesses are responding with increasing levels of security solutions. In order to adapt to the changing security climate, theses methods must involve a laser focus on the integration of the most appropriate security solutions, advanced technologies, and unparalleled customer service.

The Changing Face of Retail Security

In the retail and commercial sector, security solutions were once primarily about curbing loss.

Today retail security must balance solutions focused on retail needs along with a strong emphasis on ensuring the highest levels of safety for its customers and staff.

This difficult task includes these considerations:

  • Allowing access to some areas while restricting access to others
  • Managing open access
  • Monitoring customers and guests
  • Overt and covert surveillance
  • The ability to lock down the establishment

Site and Establishment Specific Needs

There is no one-size-fits-all security solution, and there shouldn’t be. Each facility and business has a set of needs completely unique to them, though they may have some traits in common. For example, quick-service retail — from fast food to convenience stores — generally have two things in common: easy access and lots of cash. That makes them a prime target for theft and robbery, from both external and internal threats.

Advanced Technologies Meeting the Need

Retail owners have the huge job of balancing the needs of running a business while meeting security demands and the growing trend toward violence in the marketplace. Fortunately, today’s security technologies are able to meet the need. Technologies like access control, video surveillance, perimeter controls, and asset management systems all work toward better control, for their specific needs.

Whether it is a restaurant, grocery store or convenience store, S-TRON understands the complex security needs of the commercial and retail environment. We believe that every establishment needs a site specific security solution to meet that facility’s very unique security needs. It is essential that retail establishments have a security system that not only integrates advanced technologies, but also prioritizes vulnerabilities.

S-TRON delivers the solutions that will alleviate possible problems and deal with ongoing challenges. Visit our website today to start a free trial and discover the S-TRON difference for your retail operation.

 

S-TRON is a Featured Integrator for PSA Security Network

At S-Tron, we do not believe in seeking recognition; we believe the quality of our service will always speak for itself. If you work hard and work with honor and integrity, people will notice. And when people take notice, it feels great.

Recently we had that experience when we became a PSA Security Network Featured Integrator. PSA took note of S-TRON’s focus, and our business model based on military leadership qualities, a model which has led us to see significant growth in the industry.

Our motto, “Failure is not an option” is not just a catch phrase. It is what we live and work by every day of our lives. The cornerstone of our business and motivation in customer service, that is second to none, is the belief that true recognition and respect should always be earned.

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S-TRON is an electronic security integrator for national and regional retail and hospitality companies. Established in 1995 and headquartered in Melville, NY, we have served thousands of retail locations across the country with best in class equipment installations and ongoing service, maintenance, and support. Our brand promise: “Service Excellence”.

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