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In New Orleans, shoplifting is a serious problem, and the statistics are startling. The average value of goods stolen per incident in New Orleans in 2022 was $577. The total of goods reported stolen in New Orleans in 2022 was $2,835,921. Theft can have a devastating impact on the bottom line of a small to mid-sized retail business. With lost revenue and decreased customer confidence, shoplifting really hurts small businesses. 

Smaller retail businesses are cornerstones of their communities but often find themselves the targets of thieves. But burglary is not the only concern for these businesses. Other security concerns for small businesses are vandalism, vagrancy, and even violence.

Hiring full-time security personnel is just not an option for most smaller businesses. But by being proactive and teaming with a local, professional security company, smaller retail businesses can stay one step ahead with a solid, comprehensive security system that does not break the bank. 

Steps to Security 

ABC Fire and Burglar Alarms have been helping New Orleans businesses for over 20 years. We offer commercial burglar alarms and monitoring systems to help small and medium-sized businesses protect their properties from unwanted intruders and criminal activity.

Here are ABC Fire and Burglar Alarm’s tips for securing your retail business.

Security Plan

A comprehensive security plan is the first step in protecting a small business. By outlying the security measures, you will take to avoid theft and the procedures you’ll follow in case of a security breach. As part of the plan, the store should be well-lit, cash secured, and have a system installed that includes surveillance cameras and 24/7 monitoring.


Installing cameras strategically near cash registers and high-traffic areas is an excellent way to discourage theft. It is essential to monitor security cameras and save footage as evidence in case of an incident. Cameras also help reduce employee theft.

Access Control

Access control is another crucial aspect of a retail security system for a small retail business. Limiting access to restricted areas to only authorized staff and checking employee IDs is important. Limiting customer access to high-value items and products often targeted by thieves is also wise.

24/7 Monitoring

24/7 security monitoring provides continuous, around-the-clock surveillance of a retail store. Monitoring provides enhanced security, improved productivity, and provides remote viewing capabilities. 24/7 monitoring is a great tool for retail stores to ensure their customers, employees, and property are safe and secure.

Intrusion and Glass-Break Detectors

With the extra layer of security they add, retail stores benefit from intrusion and glass-break detectors. Intruder detectors alert employees and law enforcement of unauthorized entry to the store. The sound of shattering glass triggers glass-break sensors. These solutions help prevent and deter crime while providing valuable evidence.

Secure Your Success

Following these steps can create a safer, more secure environment for customers and employees. ABC Fire and Burglar Alarm is a locally owned and operated New Orleans business with a dedicated team of professionals. You can rely on us to design and install a security solution for your retail store.

Call ABC Fire and Burglar Alarm today for more information on how we can help secure your small business. 504-889-9795


 For more information, contact us today to receive a free quote.