Theft is always a concern when you run any sort of bar. Protecting yourself from thieves is a very important part of saving money. Depending on where you live this is a larger or smaller concern but is never something that you should just ignore. It can mean the difference between making a profit in a year and going out of business. We’ll discuss how some thieves do it and what you can do to protect yourself as well.
It’s not hard to figure out why thieves would target some restaurants. Most establishments do not stay open all night and police presence is limited at night. Therefore many of these places are great targets for enterprising thieves who want to make a tidy sum off. It’s also not terribly hard to move these items without a lot of questions being asked. People sell every single type of furniture all day every day.
Thieves can sweep in much more quickly than you might imagine. Jobs like this are usually planned for months in advance so that they can grab it and get out quickly. Police are likely to check any truck that looks suspicious if it’s out on the road late at night. It’s impractical for anyone to take your items during the day for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which being your patrons will probably be sitting on the items they want to take during business hours.
Multiple businesses are often hit in the same night so it can be a warning sign for you if someone else has had their items stolen. Thieves like to target similar outdoor furniture which they know they can easily take and get away with. While that may be small consolation for some it’s easy to protect yourself with some preparation and that’s your hint right there.
For those who want full security your restaurant outdoor furniture should actually be bolted down. This can be somewhat expensive and should only be used for the most impressive cast-iron or other items. However it does give you the added security and comfort of knowing that most thieves will not bother with removing items like these. It’s just too much trouble and they will go for easier targets in the nearby area.
You can of course always move to a safer area if you believe your business is at risk. This is the path that many people decide to go with and it leads to huge numbers of establishments simply packing up and moving on. This can have a terrible effect on the surrounding area but it is sometimes necessary.
It’s also important for normal homeowners to keep this in mind as well. It doesn’t happen often but it can, especially if you have valuable items there.
The good news is that major thefts like this are thankfully rare. You won’t see them happen regularly but they do come up here and there. As always it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your extremely valuable outdoor furniture. Vigilance is, as always, the best way to do this and can really help you stay safe no matter how difficult things are.