By implementing some common-sense procedures and encouraging employees to team up to protect each other, employers can do their part to reduce the number of violent incidents that occur in their stores.
Editor's Note: This information is not meant to be an exhaustive list of safety procedures for retail operations. For information tailored to your specific requirements, contact your local police department.
About the author: Liz Martinez is the author of "The Retail Manager's Guide to Crime and Loss Prevention: Protecting Your Business from Theft, Fraud and Violence" (2004, Looseleaf Law), and is a retail security/loss prevention consultant and an instructor at Interboro Institute in New York City. She can be reached through her website at www.retailmanagersguide.com.