It is a fact that the vast majority of forced entries occur just after cigarette deliveries. It is at these times that you need to be most diligent. Watch for anyone watching you and review your CCTV footage of any person(s) acting suspiciously. Review your physical protections. Have you adequate/any PIR detectors in your attic? Another fact – most forced entries are through the roof.
Remember also a tip shared with me by Dermot Harrington, Crime Prevention Officer in Store Street Garda Station. If you observe someone in your shop appearing to act suspiciously for any reason look directly at them and address them with a friendly greeting, “Hi there! How are you today?” This should diminish any illusion that they appear anonymous and perhaps make them reconsider you as an easy target.
Please don’t forget the problems you will inevitably face if you accuse anyone of shoplifting. Remember never to confront anyone unless you are completely isolated from everyone else, outside of the shop and be very aware that there are those who will deliberately stage what appears to be shoplifting so as to entrap you into accusing them creating an opportunity to take a legal action for defamation of character or wrongful accusal.
Always remember – call us to discuss any/every incident. We will advise and guide you.Back to news