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Holiday Crime Prevention Tips For Business in 8 Steps

Holiday Crime Prevention Tips For Business in 8 Steps

Holiday Crime Prevention Tips For Business in 8 Steps

No matter what holiday is here, tis the season can bring out the best and worst in us.  For those who love the holiday season, it is a wonderful time of the year to celebrate with our loved ones.  It is a time to eat, drink and be cheerful.  It is also an opportunity for increased traffic and your bottom line.  The downside? Staying true to your customers by providing great customer service, but also protecting information, and your business assets.  In this article, I have listed holiday crime prevention tips for your business in 8 steps that can be applied today.


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Plan of Action

You maintain the balance by discreetly integrating your security practices with policy and procedures.  Have you every gone to a local coffee shop and there is one associate who ask everyone for their ID after presenting their credit/debit card. This associate might appear to be doing too much but this is a good plan of action and practice.

If you take this approach, no customer feels isolated or picked on because ALL customers ID’s are checked during checkout.  Not only does this implement a plan of action, but can possibly catch those who have stolen credit/debit cards in their possession.

Make certain during the holiday season that ALL full, part-time, and seasonal workers are familiar with your security policy and procedures.  Have them sign an acknowledgement form of your payment processing procedures.  If you don’t already have one in place, NOW is the time!

Training for the Holidays

Training of personnel during the holidays should not be too different than your normal training activities.  However, ALL personnel should have a heightened awareness and be prepared for the unexpected.

Too often, employees come across a situation and are not familiar on what to do or how to act because they have not been trained properly.  I have seen where new employees are hired and don’t get the proper training.  There is an attitude sometimes from management that just because a new hire has experience “that they know how to do the job.”  The question is, do they know how to do YOUR job?

Your processes, procedures, and policy will differ from other companies and therefore require proper training.

Make certain all existing and new personnel are trained properly and prepared for holiday traffic.

Controlling Your Process

This section is a BIGGIE!  I don’t care what industry you are in, from selling widgets to selling real estate.  You must control your process from the beginning to the end.

Not only should you control your process but you must know it.  Make certain ALL personnel read your policy and procedures.  Test them on the policy!  You can always make up a worksheet to see how much they know.

Once you make an assessment on policy/procedure knowledge, you will know who needs continued training or sometimes you may have to replace personnel/management.

Beefing Up Personnel

The longer a customer has to wait for a product or service, the increased chances of the customer going to your competition.  Not only should you have enough personnel in place to meet the holiday traffic demand, but also remember not to sacrifice on quality of service.

Hiring extra personnel could make the difference of realizing a profit or just enough to pay for extra personnel.

It is up to you and other members of management to determine the adequate number of personnel to hire for the holidays.  Know your numbers!


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