Retail opening and closing times are high-risk periods in security terms. The number of employees present, their knowledge of access control and security systems and predictable patterns in arrival and departure make this a particularly vulnerable time for criminal activity.
- Responsible and designated personnel, preferably two, should be appointed to carry out opening and closing functions. They should try to avoid any regular long-term pattern being followed, as this would allow procedures to be pre-supposed by
- The names and contact information for all key holders should be available to the Gardaí.
- The cutting of extra keys or the use of master keys should not be permitted.
- In cases of multi-occupancy premises, an overall security procedure should be agreed among the parties concerned.