By The Denver Police Department
- Ensure the business is well-lit and eliminate places for criminals to hide near the building.
- Lock all doors and windows when closed or away from the business. Install double cylinder deadbolts where possible, securing all points of entry, such as gates, fences, roof access, etc.
- Remove cash from registers and leave the register open at the close of business and secure valuables or merchandise out of sight when closed.
- Post signs outside your business letting criminals know there isn’t money in the register or safe, and keep track of inventory by marking items or logging serial numbers.
- Start or join a Business Watch Program to build relationships with neighboring business owners.
- Install an alarm or surveillance system.
Contact your local Denver Police District for a business safety assessment.
By Sean Pechan, Colorado Restaurant Insurance
We have been hearing from our clients about a recent uptick in burglaries within the Denver Metro area. Crimes against restaurants are typically crimes of opportunity, and these recent reports have definitely fallen into that category. Most often these burglaries happen after the restaurant has closed, however, in several instances a burglary has occurred during business hours. In almost every instance, the burglar has entered a back door (sometimes even during dinner rush). The perpetrator often takes cash and/or inventory food and liquor, then slips back out the back door of the restaurant.
We believe that implementation of some simple risk management steps can reduce your exposure to these types of loss. Besides costing your establishment potentially thousands of dollars, the loss of ‘peace of mind’ for you, your employees, and at times your customers is immeasurable.
Here are some examples of how we can work with you to help improve security and reduce your risk. Consider updating your security procedures and training all staff – including cleaning staff – so they understand their importance and follow the procedures. Develop practical policies in managing the risk of the backdoor of your restaurant (when it is acceptable to be open and how it should be respected). Limit the access of nonessential vendors and staff to back-of-house operations, especially the office where checks and cash on hand is managed. Keep inventory locked even during normal operations. Mark expensive equipment with ID numbers and keep detailed records of all inventory, and store the information off-premises for ease in reporting after the fact.
Contact your local police department for a business safety assessment. The CRI can also provide additional risk management techniques to reduce exposure to loss. We are available to offer guidance to protect your assets. Call us anytime at (303) 830-2972.