By David Hochman, Founder, DJH Marketing Communications
Everything from limiting the points-of-entry, to controlling which employees have access to high-value storage rooms, access control solutions can cover many different aspects of convenience store security and risk management.
The convenience store category collectively faces a number of challenges with regards to building access control to consider. To start with, the industry’s relatively high employee turnover rate, internal theft and robbery risks are all big issues for c-store owners. In addition, building access control systems manage access to restroom facilities, freezers and storerooms, and can even remotely open and close the business.
As a standard building access security measure, store owners should ask all employees to use the main entrance. Also, owners should install a lock on the inside of high-value storage rooms and include an extra key, an emergency phone and a panic button.
“Being able to document who’s going into your restricted areas when you’re not there gives store owners another set of eyes, as well as valuable information to make business decisions,” said Tony Gallo, senior director of the Sapphire Risk Advisory Group.