Grocery Store Video Surveillance Systems Protect Profitability

Grocery stores exist in a competitive landscape that cuts into already fairly narrow margins. Profitability not only relies on sales and marketing but the protection of assets, safety, accident and incident verification and more. CCTV and video surveillance technologies can be vital tools in achieving those goals, and many others.

An expertly designed video surveillance system is much more than the implementation of technology. It is also the science behind placement which allows the users to leverage the right data at the right time. The right system can help in far more that protecting assets.

Here are some reasons why video surveillance and CCTV should be part of every grocery store security strategy.

  • Just having visible security cameras deters crime as perpetrators of crime do not want to be seen or have their crime captured on video.
  • Video camera and CCTV can be used to help visually cover the floor in late hours when the store is open but staff is reduced.
  • Real-time viewing can provide marketing information such as the popularity of items and displays.
  • Grocery store owners can use video surveillance to evaluate dwell times and traffic patterns and adjust the floorplan and displays to better accommodate shoppers.
  • Video cameras and CCTV can help prevent loss due to internal and external theft.
  • In the case of accident or injury, video surveillance footage can confirm the details of the event and help in legal or insurance issues.
  • Having the right video footage can monitor all cash register activities such as the change out of cash drawers, countdowns, and all other monetary transactions.
  • Video surveillance footage can also help owners and managers analyze employee and customer relationships.
  • The backbone of any business is customer service. Video surveillance can provide a better understanding of what your business does right or where it can improve.
  • Visible security technologies provide an overall culture of security.
  • Customers feel safer when video surveillance technologies are employed.
  • In an emergency, video surveillance and CCTV can provide a real-time view of events to authorities and emergency personnel.
  • Having security technologies in place helps improve employee practices and productivity.

S-Tron provides video surveillance and CCTV to local, regional, and national grocery store chains. To learn more about how you can implement the industry’s best surveillance and security technologies, give us a call today.

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.

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.