Keeping Your Retail Store Safe From Vandalism And Break-Ins

September 18th, 2020


Starting your own business is an investment, and it is one that means a great deal to many across the United States. Those with their own businesses know how important it is to keep their establishments protected. Vandalism and break-ins are costly, and repeated offenses can be enough to put a business underwater. For those reasons, it is essential for local business owners to have a security plan that deters burglars, discourages vandalism, and provides evidence should anything occur on their commercial property.


Security technologies of today prepare business owners to protect their businesses and save their investments from the disasters that break-ins and vandalism can bring. Because they are more user-friendly than ever before, even business owners who may not be well versed in tech find that modern security advancements are simple to learn and use in everyday applications.


Tips For A Safer Retail Store


Business owners in the region can sleep better at night if they know that their stores are out of harm’s way. Here are a few tips for a safer retail store in the area:


  • Install Security Cameras – Security cameras are an excellent line of defense for your retail store. Not only do they capture evidence of crime if it does occur, but they also work to effectively deter criminals from ever stepping foot on your property. Criminals want to get in, get out, and get away without being caught, and they know that security cameras installed around a property make that much more difficult.


  • Keep Cash Off Of The Property – While it might be tempting to keep your cash in an on-site safe, it is best to remove it from the property when you lock up each night. That way, even if your business does get broken into, the culprits will not walk away with large sums of money. Taking your cash to the bank every day is always recommended.


  • Install Alarm Systems – Alarm systems on the windows and doors that alert the authorities when breached are another excellent line of defense. They not only emit a loud sound when they are triggered but also automatically notify law enforcement that something is amiss on your property. Those that feature push notifications and remote monitoring will send an alert right to your smartphone device, so you are always in the know.


  • Remove Expensive Merchandise – If there are some pieces of valuable merchandise in your retail store, it may be wise to remove them from the property. Keeping valuable objects in a storage unit or off-site can ensure that if your business is broken into, those items will not be taken.



Securing Your Store


The right technology is crucial to securing your store and providing you with peace of mind. With professional assistance, you can rest assured that you have just what you need to keep your business safe. To learn more about securing your business, contact us, and find out what we have in store for you today.

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S. AM PM Chico Arco Station

"I had Tim install an Alibi Video Security System at my residence and a couple business locations. The remote view option is invaluable to absentee owners or anyone who travels a lot. The clarity and quality of the cameras have allowed for viewing employee theft. The evidence provided from the HD video cameras was fantastic! Tim was professional and provided extra value from his law enforcement background."

J. Folsom Arco Station

"Tim, I want to thank you again for doing such a fantastic job on installing a wireless IP security camera system at our dream home. The extra time that you took to hide wires, and install a clean, professional system is much appreciated. I still can’t believe the clarity, quality, and ease of use of this new system. I wished that I would have met you before our original inferior system was installed by another company. Now, whether I am at home, or monitoring the system from around the world, I know that my home and family are safe and sound."

John M.

"In April of 2017, my husband and I made a phone call to Crime Free Living that turned out to be a smart and wise decision. Amazingly, in just a few hours, Tim installed four Dome Security Cameras, weatherproof enclosures, and hooked up into our home a 23" Full HD Widescreen Security Monitor. Even more than his professional expertise was the time spent with us in making sure that this system was working correctly and properly installed on our phones so that anywhere in our travels we can monitor our new home in Magalia."

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Gary D.

"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

Steve D., Down Range Indoor Training Center

images Certifications & Training

With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators