Security Tips For Safeguarding Your Restaurant

September 24th, 2020

American restaurants are going through unprecedented times during this Covid-19 crisis across the United States. Even those are struggling, and navigating new waters when it comes to reopening their dining areas, catering to outdoor seating, navigating take-out menus, and keeping patrons and employees safe. The last thing restauranteurs want to experience is a security breach or other catastrophic disaster during these days when so many are fighting to stay afloat in the first place.

When business is doing well, restaurants can find themselves struggling after a break-in or vandalism occurs, making it all the more apparent just how important security really is in these uncertain times. Focusing on security can help restaurant owners to safeguard their businesses as they work to secure their investment and keep their businesses going.


Ensuring A More Secure Restaurant


Whether your restaurant is a steakhouse, a pub, a good old fashioned American eatery, a diner, or any type of establishment, security is important. A few tips that can help you to rest assured in your restaurant security are:


  • Access control – Access control can help you to keep your restaurant safe from the inside out. You can use access control to block certain parts of your restaurant from anyone but a select few, or you can use it during off-hours on the front door to better lock up for the night. Access control may use key fobs, fingerprints, passcodes, and other means to lock and unlock controlled areas.


  • Security cameras – Security cameras can keep patrons safe, employees safe, and your business safer as a whole. For restaurant owners, security cameras can be placed in kitchens, near entrances and exits, by outdoor patios, and near the bar to look over any security concerns that may occur on or off business hours. Security cameras both deter crime and they capture video evidence of any situations that may occur on the property. An additional benefit is that footage can also be used in security, protocol, or general employee trainings when footage shows important training-relevant scenarios.


  • Invest in lighting – Lighting is always important, and not just to set the right mood. Having enough lighting around your restaurant will ensure that any “hidden” spots where theft, vandalism, or break-ins can occur are easier to detect. A criminal or someone looking for mischief wants to do what they’re planning to do without getting caught, and sufficient lighting makes getting away far more difficult.


Keeping Your Atmosphere With Security


Security helps you to keep your business safe, and it also lets your patrons and employees know that you’re investing in a safer and more pleasant atmosphere as a whole. During these uncertain times, it’s your security that may give you that peace of mind you’re looking for. If you’re interested in learning more about securing your area restaurant, we have just what you need. Contact our professionals for all of your restaurant security technologies, questions, and needs today.

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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
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