Checkpoint systems create reports for their towers (door pedestal alarm systems). Within these reports are drill downs of the quantity or alarms, which exit doors (if multiple exits within a location) and the time and date of all alarms. Some of the more updated Checkpoint systems will break down the report by cause (failure to deactivate, test, false alarm) if it is enabled with user response codes.
Coincidentally, VisiPlus people counting systems create similar reports. The difference is instead of alarm activations like the Checkpoint Systems, the VisiPlus tracks customer counts within the store. There are breakdowns for days of the week as well as time of day.
Since both the VisiPlus reports and the Checkpoint systems reports are of similar metrics, it is easy to compare the two. When you have two independent sets of quantifiable data, you create a better picture of the overall well being of your business.
From a security standpoint, criminals often have spotted a store’s weak points before the stores do. They know when you are short handed and when you are fully staffed. They also know which employees are complacent and which ones are attentive. They prey on your weak points and take advantage of your blind eye for their own good- shoplifting.
If you see on your Checkpoint systems report that you have larger quantities of alarms during certain periods of time, compare it to your VisiPlus report. Do your people counting systems have a high traffic count or a low one? Compare to your sales for that hour.
High alarms plus high traffic and low sales can indicate inattentive employees and shoplifters making several trips in and out of your store (running up your traffic count).
High alarms plus low traffic and high sales can indicate inattentive employees because they are tied up with major sales transaction- again causing an open playing field for shoplifters. Look into increasing employees during this time frame.
By comparing your people counting systems against your alarm activations, you should be able to see the complete picture before you allowing you to make more necessary adjustments to your security to prevent shoplifting and theft.