Jul 27, 2021
The speed and convenience of fast food restaurants means that a single location could serve hundreds of people each day. Unfortunately, this also makes these restaurants prime targets for crime. In addition to heavy foot traffic, other risk factors include the fact that many locations are short-staffed; they have a relatively large amount of cash on hand; many are open 24/7; and they may be located in high-risk neighborhoods.
Protecting customers, employees, property and profits means fast food security needs to be a high priority. Fortunately, there are several steps that owners and operators can take to ensure restaurant safety and security. From installing protective windows to improving visibility around the property, here are some tips about fast food restaurant security to keep your business safe.
Keeping your locations safe and secure requires a multifaceted approach. Implementing more than one security measure means your customers can enjoy their meals and you can focus on your profitability. Here are some basic ideas you should consider:
Well-lit dining areas, kitchens and parking lots do more than create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for your patrons. It also ensures that criminals won’t be able to take advantage of darkness. Most crimes — from vandalism to theft — only happen because the people committing them believe they won’t be seen.
The presence of uniformed personnel at and around your location can be an extremely effective deterrent for miscreants. This may be especially important if you’re located in an area with a high crime rate.
Having an alarm and/or surveillance system with cameras at your location can help prevent a wide range of incidents, ranging from broken windows to burglary. These systems ensure that you can keep an eye on your property and quickly notify the authorities if someone tries to break into the building. These devices by themselves, often help to deter criminal behaviour.
If your location offers drive-thru service, your employees may be put in a vulnerable position. This is why it makes sense to fortify your transaction windows with security options that offer enhanced protection. For example,our self-closing windows are often designed with a self-latching handle to deter people on the outside of the building from being able to enter the window. Our automatic windows remain closed until the moment a server interacts with a customer to ensure unwanted guests cannot gain access to the restaurant. Others also come equipped with transaction drawers, so workers never need to come into direct contact with the outside.
For restaurants in high-crime areas, consider a bulletproof transaction window. These can be built with bullet resistant framing and glazing to protect workers and deter the entrance of stray or intentional bullets that penetrate the window.
Installed behind walls at drive-thru windows and other areas where employees may interact with customers outside the restaurant, bullet-resistant panels can help protect those inside. Whether a shooter attempts to hit an employee or stray bullets strike your building, these panels could prevent a tragic situation.
With all the activity that goes on in and around your restaurant, it can be easy for your team to lose track of who is coming in and out of your back-of-house areas. Access control solutions such as keycards can help prevent unauthorized people from sneaking into back doors. Traditional keys can also do this but could be copied easily if they fall into the wrong hands.
As a leading provider of drive-thru window solutions, Quikserv offers a wide variety of solutions that can help you secure and protect your fast food restaurant. Our products provide robust protection while also delivering the convenience your customers expect from drive-up service. Our windows, transaction drawers and other products are ready to ship and can be installed in a wide range of configurations to meet your precise needs.