The Layered Security Plan
Create a complex security net that causes criminals to
move on to easier targets
If you watch the "X-Files" or just about any sci-fi
thriller, you know the aliens eventually get someone. When you
see a character alone in a remote or isolated area, for example,
you develop a sense of what will happen to him.
As a security consultant, I can tell you when you or your
are most likely to be abducted. You already know gangs of South
American thieves operate where jewelers are known to be. What
you may not realize is how easy it is for them to strike. They
are bold, fast and well-rehearsed.
You may think you're not at risk, but think again. Look at
your store, office and home as if you were a pickpocket, burglar
or armed robber. Ask yourself some questions. What could I steal?
How could I get it? What security measures are in place; how
could I defeat them? What procedures do I use to ensure safety
The best defense is an aggressive one. Keep in mind that while
you may spend three minutes reading this article, the criminal
works on his attack plan for weeks, for 10 or more hours each
day. He has visited your store, met your employees and studied
your habits. He likely knows where you live, what car you drive
and where you spend your time off. What have you done to thwart
Have a Plan
Your best bet is to implement multiple layers of security.
Such a security plan for a jewelry business may consist of some
or all of the following:
- High-quality gates and door locks.
- UL-rated alarm system with an alarm transmission back-up.
- A TR-TL30x6 or greater UL-rated safe with alarm protection.
- A well-designed surveillance system with overt and covert
- A concealed video recorder surveillance system in good working
- A security plan to alert staff and other jewelers of suspicious
- Adequate staffing: two or more employees in the store when
- Double-entry "man-trap" door with electronic releases
to limit access by suspicious people.
- Security guard or armed guard when working late or during
- Off-premises video surveillance by a security firm or neighboring
- Random changes in routine such as errands, opening
and closing times, and number of staff on duty.
- Alternating cars and routes to and from work. Special attention
to note whether you're being followed.
- Randomly rotating the location of your inventory, staff,
parking and cash register.
- Exercising common sense. Don't allow greed to force you to
open early or stay late for customers. Keep your home phone number
- Don't give new employees or customers your home number or
address. Use a cell phone if needed.
- Never invite a new or unknown customer to your home.
Be a Hard Target
If you implement all these recommendations, you will greatly
diminish the threat to your business. Even a few would improve
Also obtain adequate insurance with a reputable company skilled
in jewelers block coverage. Maintain accurate and up-to-date
records and keep a copy off-premises. Business interruption insurance
is more costly, but will provide compensation in the event a
loss takes a long time to settle.
Following these simple guidelines will help to keep you safe
from criminals and most other perils.
by Elie Ribacoff
Elie Ribacoff is president of Worldwide Security Systems &
Consultants, a New York City company that provides international
security and investigative services for the jewelry industry.
Reach him at (718) 380-0209, email@example.com.
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