Will, In any country, bells with locked doors, act as a deterrent.
It does allow you to choose who you let in, which can help even if a
criminal can look ordinary most of the time. It also lets any
criminals know that you are serious about security, plus they don't
know if the door has to be buzzed to get out as well which means that
they can't be assured of a quick getaway. It also allows you to
prevent people from coming in before or after closing hours (when
most robberies occur).
Security should be approached, in general, as a multi layered task.
You need to review the area you are in for risks first. Then you
need to decide what steps are most appropriate for you. You need to
start with the outside of your building and determine all possible
entry points. You need to look inside the storefront and determine
what possible weak points there are inside as well.
Usually you should have all of the following:
1) a well rated safe large enough not to be able to be picked up and
moved without significant equipment. The safe, ideally, should have
a TRTL30x6 rating. This means that it will take at least 30 minutes
for someone to drill a hole through one side of the safe. It should
also be equipped with relocking devices on the door. (As normal
maintenance you should have the combination changed anytime you
change employees or every 1-2 years when you have it checked by a
2) an alarm that protects your windows, any and all doors, your safe,
and has motion detectors for every room in your shop at a minimum.
In this country it is best to have a UL rated alarm, but I am not
sure what the equivalent is in Ireland. The alarm should be
connected in some direct fashion to the alarm company (most police
stations no longer allow you to connect directly to them) and should
have a backup connection. In other words if your connection to the
alarm company runs through the phone line you should have a back up
radio transmitter attached as well.
3) panic buttons in the event of an emergency (usually part of the
4) you need to make it a point to exercise care and caution in all of
your daily activities including but not limited to: always opening
and closing the store with at least two people present, always
checking for suspicious activity around your store and your home, not
allowing customers into your shop at inappropriate times, not
allowing customers into your work areas, etc.
5) It doesn't hurt to have a big dog, even if they are not attack
Daniel R. Spirer, GG
Spirer Somes Jewelers
1794 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140