How to Secure your Retail Store- Security Cameras and Alarms


Security Cameras and Alarms for Your Retail Store

Are you interested in learning how to secure your retail store, but not sure where to start?

Use this piece hand-in-hand with our Beginner’s Guide for Securing Your Perimeter. It provides an excellent foundation and will help you think about the basics before you focus on the specific needs to your retail store.

Protecting your retail store is not an easy task. Not only do you have to worry about the money you’ve invested in your merchandise, but you also have multiple employees and customers coming in and out of your shop every day.

Securing your store may seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. At SCW, we want to give you the knowledge you need to make better security decisions for your retail location.

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Your Retail Store Isn't As Safe As It Could Be

Any building — commercial, communal, industrial, or residential — faces its own unique set of threats. Before a person can act, they have to be aware. We’re here to break down what are potential threats to your Retail Store and how exactly you are able to handle them.

These are your top threats:

Criminal Activity in Your Parking Lot

Criminal Activity at Your Entrances

Theft and Shrinkage

Employee Accountability and Customer Conflicts

Inventory Damage

How We Handle Your Threats

Each threat to your Retail Store is unique and requires a custom setup and a comprehensive plan. Below, we’ve laid out why you should be aware of each threat, what solutions we recommend for it, and how to best put your solutions into action.

How to Handle Criminal Activity in Your Parking Lot

Retail locations are often close to busy roads or highways. In high traffic areas, your parking lot is vulnerable. Most retailers emphasize the need to have full coverage in their parking lots because customers and employees often ask to see footage in the event of a car being stolen, a traffic accident, or a verbal or physical altercation. Make sure your parking lot is covered to avoid liability. Read this article for more about securing your parking lot.

What You Need

Bullet Style Cameras

Long Range Bullet Style Camera

PTZ Camera

We recommend installing bullet cameras outside of your building in areas that allow you to see all angles of your parking lot and the perimeter of your store. You’ll want to be able to identify a face as they near the building. Additionally you can add more layers of protection by installing a longer range camera to cover longer distances on a large parking lot.

How to Handle Securing Your Entrances and Exits

Retail locations usually have multiple entrances and exits, and sometimes a bay door. It’s not unusual for someone to slip in and out unnoticed. Often, these doors are opened for hours at a for large shipments to come in. Unfortunately, this makes it easy for a thief to easily come in. Additionally, the exterior of your building is also vulnerable to vandalism and loiterers.

What You Need

Wide Angle Turret Style Camera

Bullet Style Cameras

We recommend installing wide angle turret cameras outside of your doors. Wide Angle Turret Style Camera

The solution for both of these threats would be the same. Depending on the layout of your store, you’ll need to install cameras in places that cover important areas. We recommend installing these cameras in the corner of a room. You can also install two deputies back to back to make a 220-236 degree view, such as in the middle of a wall. Always be aware of blind spots inside of your store, and install your cameras accordingly.

You should have cameras in rooms where employees might be alone together, such as break rooms rooms where you store inventory. In the event of a harassment claim, you’ll want to make sure you can pull the footage needed. Remember, it is against the law to record in areas where someone disrobes or where a mother is nursing. You cannot install a security camera inside of a dressing room, however, you can install them outside of the dressing rooms to see activity going in and out.

How To Handle Inventory Damage

At any given time, you probably have thousands of dollars worth of inventory inside of your retail store. If you have an employee breakroom and restrooms inside of your store, you’re always at risk of leaks or fires. You want to make sure your inventory stays safe.

What You Need

Smart Monitoring

3 in 1 Sensor for Smoke, Fire, and Temperature

Glass Break Sensor

Freeze/Leak Detector

Carbon Monoxide Sensor

With the SCW Alarm System, you can install the sensors mentioned above throughout your store, to get notifications in the event of smoke, abrupt temperature changes or leaks. Additionally, installing glass break sensors on large windows or sliding glass doors notify you in the event of a break-in or a dangerous storm that breaks windows.



  1. The Warrior 4.0 v1 - 26BF4 - 4MP (2x1080P) Fixed Lens Mini Bullet Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $200.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Detect: 150 ft
    Recognize: 75 ft
    Identify: 50 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.

    Commercial Grade - What are the Differences?


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 3.6mm
    80.8° of coverage (horizontal)

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  2. The Archer 2.0 - 26BV2-L - 2MP Long Range, Low Light Bullet Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $799.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 × 1080

    Detect: up to 450 ft
    Recognize: up to 350 ft
    Identify: up to 300 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Long Range Motorized Varifocal: 4.7 - 47mm
    65° - 9° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Fixed vs Varifocal Lenses


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 300 FT

    Larger image sensor for low light

    Color video possible until 0.001 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    P-Iris

    Alarm Input and Output

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  3. The Scope 8.0 - 26ZV8 - 4K (8MP = 4x1080P) IP PTZ Camera with 22x Optical Zoom

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $2,299.00


    Resolution

    4K UHD

    4K @ 30 FPS; 3840 x 2160

    Detect: 1.5 miles
    Recognize: 2000ft
    Identify: 1000ft ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 4K Cameras are Created Equal


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP66
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 158 °F

    Humidity rated between up to 90%.


    Lens

    ptz lens

    Motorized PTZ Varifocal: 6.5 - 143mm
    59° - 3.4° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Long Range Infrared night vision up to 650 FT

    Color video possible until 0.003 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    True WDR (120db)

    Pan: 360° (endless) rotation
    Tilt: -15° ~ +90° (auto reverse)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  4. 3-in-1 Smoke, Fire, and Temperature Sensor for SCW Shield - 74SFT

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $99.99

    Environmental Sensors require Smart Monitoring.


    Detects


    Smoke (Photoelectric)

    Heat

    Abrupt Temperature Increases

    One of the only Fire Sensors that can be used in the kitchen!

    Where should I put carbon monoxide and smoke detectors?


    Alerts


    Integrated Siren

    Contacts the Central Monitoring Station Immediately and Sends Fire Rescue.

    Does not send an alert or wait for your response, as smoke or fire can make people non-responsive.


    Battery


    Averages 10 years


    5 year warranty

    Don't let burning toast spoil your day! Our 3-in-1 sensor allows you to turn off the smoke function and just use the Heat and Rate-of-Rise Temperature feature, so that cooking mishaps doesn't set off your siren and send the fire department!”



  5. Glassbreak Sensor for SCW Shield - 74GBS

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $99.00


    Detects


    The Sound of Glass Breaking

    Range of 4-25 feet

    When would I use motion sensors, glass break sensors, vs. windows open sensors?


    Actions


    Siren, App Alerts, and Pro Monitoring when Armed (including Away, Stay, and Night modes)

    Example Z-Wave Automation: turn on all the lights to scare away intruders.


    Battery


    Averages 4-6 years


    5 year warranty


  6. Carbon Monoxide Sensor for SCW Shield - 74CMS

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $99.99

    Environmental Sensors require Smart Monitoring.


    Detects


    Carbon Monoxide

    Integrated Siren

    Where should I put carbon monoxide and smoke detectors?


    Alerts


    Contacts the Central Monitoring Station Immediately and Sends Fire Rescue.

    Does not send an alert or wait for your response, as Carbon Monoxide can make people non-responsive.


    Battery


    Averages 10 years


    5 year warranty