How you can make your small business safer in 2022

By James Daniels

Even before the current pandemic, safety was a huge concern for everybody within the retail sector. Businesses constantly have to tackle potential theft, break-ins, and property damage, both inside and out. In the modern age, everyone is telling you how important cybersecurity is too. If you are a small corner shop that sells bespoke pots or a florist who just wants to tend to their flowers all day, this kind of thing might seem like a whole lot more than you signed up for. To help you bring a little clarity into what can often be a very emotive issue, here are some top tips on how you can make your business safer in 2022 for yourself, your employees, and your customers.

On-site security

There are a dozen options for on-site security that can be used to help you feel safe and to prevent things from happening. If it doesn’t stop your premises from being a target for criminals, it can help you identify who did it and how they did it and give you compelling evidence to take to court. Here are some things that you might want to invest in to improve your on-site security.

– Security cameras. This is important if you are thinking about having any goods located outside of your shop. It can also be beneficial to set cameras up around doors, and inside of the shop, so you have a good view down each of the aisles. Footage from cameras can be good to review if, at the end of the day, your sales numbers don’t add up with your stock levels because you can then see if the items were stolen or not.

– On-site deterrents for anti-social behavior. A group loitering outside of a store can often be where problems start to occur and can jeopardize your security, or you might have witnessed occasions when this has escalated into theft or vandalism. Installing a device manufactured by can deter these groups from forming in the first place, and therefore potentially cut down the amount of anti-social behavior on the streets surrounding your business.

Online security

Online security is something that should be taken very seriously. If you own a small-town grocer you might not feel like you are at much risk. However, the truth is that you are at a huge risk if you hold any data on any of your devices, and having very little cybersecurity can mean that you are like a sitting duck in prime hunting season.

This might sound distressing but cybercrime rates have increased by 600% since the start of the pandemic. These shocking figures alone prove why you need cyber protection to at least stand a chance. Pre-installed anti-virus and security will only do so much for your business, and this can be bad news if a cybercriminal gets into your software and files.

They will be able to steal all of your data and personal information, alongside your employee’s data and your client’s data. This has the potential to ruin your business, so it is wise not to leave it to chance and ensure that you have a comprehensive internet security package in place.


James Daniels is a freelance writer, business enthusiast, a bit of a tech buff, and an overall geek. He is also an avid reader, who can while away hours reading and knowing about the latest gadgets and tech, whilst offering views and opinions on these topics.

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