Retail Security Shutters – What You Need to Consider
Published: September 2, 2016
Perhaps more so than any other sector, retail regularly suffers from opportunist attacks, vandalism and attempted break-ins of its outlets, making retail security shutters an important consideration for anyone responsible for the security of a bricks-and-mortar shop.
Broken windows and displays are a common occurrence, and an unsecured storefront is a prime target for burglary. So, in order to prevent against such damaging attacks, security on these premises must be investigated and thoroughly thought out.
If you’ve been looking into security for shop fronts and have decided that roller shutter doors may be an option, your primary concern is likely to have been the shutters’ defensive capabilities. This is certainly a logical starting point, but there’s a lot more to consider when purchasing a shutter than just its integrity.
Retail security roller shutters need to be more than just protective. They need to be functional and they need to suit your business’ daily needs without being obtrusive.
Points to consider when considering retail security shutters
The following points are some day-to-day operational considerations, which you may not yet have thought of.
- Consider whether or not you need your shutter to interface with other, third-party security systems. This will be necessary if your premises has a monitored alarm system, or if you have an employee-specific access system in place.
- Older shutter systems can be left in unsecured positions if they’re mishandled. Make sure you’re looking for a modern system, which can’t be compromised simply by user error.
- Discretion is essential for those in a customer-facing sector. Unattractive, invasive shutters will detract from the look of your storefront and impact on your brand. So if aesthetics are important, be sure to look for shutters that can be discreetly rolled away when not in use.
- Typically, your storefront will also be your first point of entry for staff. So your shutter will need to be easy to operate, and accessible from both inside and outside the store. Perhaps you even need a remote access system, to further improve accessibility.
Which SR Rating will I need for retail security shutters?
The SR rating of a shutter denotes its performance in the nationally recognised LPS (Loss Prevention Standard) 1175 test, which assesses a shutter’s security against break-ins using specific attack tools for set durations.
Which SR you need depends on the type of shop front you’re securing.
So, for example, if you’re looking to secure a Supermarket, POS display, or Kiosk, you’ll likely require a security shutter rated SR2 or SR3. These are perfectly suited to low-medium commercial risk applications, providing resistance against bodily physical force and a range of hand tools (including those that create noise).
High-value independent stores (like jewellers) however, might require an SR4 rated shutter, to secure against greater commercial risks. Shutters rated to this standard are used for protecting against determined, experienced attempts at forced entry using tools with a greater mechanical advantage.
Charter Global’s Security Shutters for Retail Premises
Through close coordination with major national store chains and buying groups, our Obexion brand of shutters have been adapted to suit specific risks for different retail stores. This flexibility in specification and industry experience ensures Obexion’s retail security shutters provide optimal security for any environment.
Our shutters meet all essential security requirements and provide much more. Their unique, LockDown technology ensures the shutters are never left in an unsecured position through user error. And as they’re made from aluminium, they’re also a low weight solution, ideal for discreet installation onto existing buildings.
If you’d like to speak to the experienced team here at Charter Global about a security shutter, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can send us a message via the contact page or call us directly on 0845 050 8705.
To help retail owners and site managers choose the best secure roller shutter solution for their premises, we’ve produced a free guide, specifically on ‘Security Shutters For Retail.’. It covers everything from the type of premises you’re protecting, to everyday operational considerations like these. To download, please click the image below.