In recent months, burglaries have become staggeringly more frequent at jewelry stores in strip mall locations throughout the US and Canada. If you are a jewelry business owner with a location in a strip mall setting, it is crucial for you to know the ways in which criminals may be targeting your business, and how to protect yourself and your property from threats.
In 2019, the Jewelers Security Alliance received reports of 34 rooftop burglaries from 15 states, compared to 9 rooftop burglaries from seven states in 2018. In some cases, alarm systems, often without line security, were compromised. In others, when police responded to alarm signals, they were unable to detect any obvious signs of a break-in upon exterior inspection. Because they were unable to conduct an immediate internal search, it’s likely the burglars had either left the scene, were still inside the building, or on the roof.
By now, many business owners have heard of virtual inspections and may not be sure of what they are or how they work. Virtual inspections are indeed the way of the future and has become more evident during the recent year. Pandemic or not, businesses still need insurance coverage because catastrophes continue to happen and when they do, you’ll want to make sure you have the right insurance coverage.
There are many reasons the power could go out at your jewelry business that don’t involve crime. High winds from a storm, a traffic accident, a planned outage or simply the handy work of a critter chewing on power lines can all cause power outages and have the potential to disrupt your business.
Here are a few steps you can take before, during and after a power outage to protect your jewelry business.