Actions to Take to Protect Your Restaurant During the Current Unrest

Sign on the boarded-up building on Washington Avenue in Minneapolis.

The Restaurant Loss Prevention Security Association has put together the following listĀ of recommended practices to keep restaurants and businesses safe when peaceful protests turn violent, as they have in Minneapolis and St. Paul this weekend.

  • Ensure you have keys available to secure your restaurant.
  • Assess the need/appropriateness of employees to work outside of the building.
  • Ensure no combustible items (cardboard, bins, etc.) are stored against the restaurant or under a roof.
  • Remove external customer trash bins from the outside the restaurant, as they can be used as weapons.
  • Take extra care if your trash bins are stored remotely from the restaurant.
  • Secure trash corrals.
  • If unexpected violence is encountered, move all employees to the rear of the building or the safest place available, ensuring you have a safe exit route in case of fire, etc.
  • Ensure CCTV is working correctly.
  • Photograph before and after to document all vandalism and losses to restaurants.
  • Make use of panic alarm systems (if equipped), as needed; ensure they are working.
  • Regularly skim tills and do not hold unnecessary amounts of cash in the day safe. Consider dropping deposits more frequently and ensure all monies in the safe are secured.
  • Only if it is safe to do so and to help prevent acts of vandalism, owner/operators are encouraged to conduct frequent visits to their restaurants during many hours of the day.
  • Any criminal activity should be reported to the police immediately.
  • Broken glass and other such materials must be cleaned up thoroughly and safely.
  • Consider hiring security guards or off-duty police, if appropriate.
  • Boarding up Service, have a service lined up and on standby. Necessary, they have all materials on hand and a crew to work.
  • Shuttle Service or escort to get employees to and from work if necessary.
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