Being proactive & taking simple venue security measures can pay off

Armed Hold Up in Hospitality VenuesIf you watch the news, you might notice an increase in armed hold-up incidents especially for late night hospitality providers. Facing an armed robbery is a terrifying prospect which no doubt lurks in the minds of many hospitality workers who work directly with the public.

The risk of armed robbery is no longer a distant possibility to licenced venues in south east Queensland. Recent instances of armed robbery have highlighted the far reaching effect an incident can have to a business and the community.

When compared to the potential physical, psychological and monetary effects of an armed robbery; the cost of taking proactive measures seems minor. Taking a proactive approach could:

  • Prevent an armed robbery – a prepared venue presents a less enticing victim;
  • Prepare staff – prepared staff are more confident and able to respond safely in the event of an incident;
  • Assist police to apprehend offenders; and
  • Minimise financial loss.

What proactive measures should you be putting in place?

  • Conducting a business security assessment of your premises to ensure physical measures remain sufficient and effective.
  • Ensuring cash handling and storage and workplace security procedures are up to date and relevant.
  • Putting procedures in place in case of a robbery and testing them by conducting drills similar to fire drills.
  • Conducting regular training and awareness session for staff and management.

To find out more about your security options, contact me on (07) 3878 9355 or email melannie@dws.net.au to discuss how we can assist your venue to be prepared.

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