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Keyholding Services For Retail Businesses

Keyholding Services For Retail Businesses

Owning or running a retail business is one of the busiest and time-consuming occupations there are, with early starts and late finishes. Which is why keyholding services for retail businesses could save you time and in the long run, save you money.

Keyholding Services Explained

Keyholding is basically where a professional security company have a keyholder or keyholders, who are responsible for carrying out certain duties on the owners behalf.

This can include the opening and closing of a building, attending if an alarm has been triggered and much more as we recently explained in our blog Keyholding Services For Vacant Buildings.

The Benefits Of Keyholding For Retail Businesses

There is no question that the security of retail businesses is paramount and the cost and stress of having to repair damage, replace stock and any associated trauma is something that some businesses may struggle to fully recover from.

According to recent statistics, external theft and warehouse crime accounted for 48.6% of retail crime in retail last year.

The stress and strain of having to be responsible for the security of a business along with actually running a business can be very daunting.

When shops and other retail premises are empty, closed or vacant then they are much more vulnerable to theft, vandalism and arson.

Keyholders can attend a property in the event of a fire or intruder alarm being triggered or if something suspicious has been spotted on CCTV cameras.

The keyholders that we have here at Mayfair Security are fully trained for these types of situations and will carry out a full site check ensuring that they stay at the property until they are sure it is safe, or until the emergency services arrive.

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Employee Safety With Keyholding Services For Retail 

If you run your own retail business, with the best will in the world you can’t be there to open and close the building every day and night.

The obvious option in this case is to give the responsibility to an employee. Which is absolutely fine of course, but the responsibility comes with certain risks.

Canny thieves are well aware the when retail businesses open and close, it is off peak and that properties are more vulnerable then.

A member of staff opening a large retail unit at ten to six on a cold December morning is more likely to be a target than if a shop closes for lunch.

It’s also quite a burden for an employee especially when their job role doesn’t include the security of their workplace.

With a highly trained keyholder their key (sorry about the pun) responsibility is the security of that building at that particular time.

They don’t then have to do a full shift dealing with customers early in the morning and refilling shelves!

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Keyholding 24 Hours A Day

Another benefit of choosing keyholding services for retail businesses is that they are available every hour of every day.

If a burglar alarm is activated at a retail building at 3am then either the owner or whichever member of staff who has the keys has to get out of bed and go to the property as quickly as they can.

This can be another burden on retail owners and workers, not being able to properly relax in the evening just in case their phone goes off and they have to leave in a hurry.

Keyholders will take much of that burden and stress away. They are trained for these scenarios and will be there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This means that business owners and retail employees can rest and be assured that they can enjoy their evening or holiday without having to deal with an emergency situation.

Other Benefits Of Keyholding Services For Retail Businesses

Keyholders can also be responsible for helping with transporting valuable items and money.

They can be by the side of retail worker at a designated time, to escort them from their workplace to the bank and back again.

Keyholding services for retail businesses can also provide security checks as and when a retail business requires.

For example, if there has been a spate of break ins reported and they usually occur during a certain time at night, then a keyholder or keyholders can carry out a thorough security check.

Having CCTV and intruder alarms is certainly vital, but sometimes if a burglar sees a physical presence at a property, they are more likely to think again about breaking in or causing any damage.

Get In Touch

If you would like to ask any questions about keyholding services for retail businesses or if you would like some more information on the other security solutions that Mayfair Fire & Security provide, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our team of experts will always be happy to have a chat and help you in any way that they can.

You can get in touch with us via our online contact page here or phone us on 0808 178 074.


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