Shopping centres require a security and risk management plan in order to ensure the safety of shoppers, store employees, management staff, and physical assets within their premises. Effective and efficient retail security management plans are those that are tailor-fitted to a shopping centre’s specific security needs.
A risk assessment is a process that aims to identify the possible threats to your establishment and its level of vulnerability to these threats.
Risk is determined by measuring the levels of threat and vulnerability individually. There would be no risk when neither of the two is present. Therefore, one of the main goals of a security management plan is to lessen the level of risk by reducing threats and decreasing the shopping centre’s vulnerabilities.
Threats can be classified into two:
Vulnerabilities are factors that make a shopping centre more susceptible to the harmful effects of threats. They can be physical in nature (poor design and construction of buildings) or social (lack of awareness of the security and safety protocols), among others.
Here are some of the aspects that a risk assessment aims to cover:
Risk and security management involve dealing with complex and unpredictable factors that some of you may not be aware of. Data gathered from the risk assessment will be used to inform the design of the security management plan and make recommendations on the best security measures to take for specific scenarios. To be able to properly address a looming threat, you and your security service provider should have working knowledge on what these threats are, their likelihood of occurring, their possible consequences to the public, and how the current management system is equipped to handle such incidents.
Ensuring the safety of the public coming to your shopping centre on a daily basis needs meticulous planning and faithful implementation. A risk assessment which allows you to dive deep into the current problem areas your establishment has and anticipate the possible occurrence of threats is crucial in designing an effective and comprehensive security management plan.
We at Prosek Security are your partners in providing the best customer experience to your shoppers. We conduct an exhaustive risk assessment that allows us to provide security services that are tailored to the needs of your customers. Contact us now for a free consultation and see how your shopping centre security can be improved.