Part of doing business means that visitors will have to come to your facility from time to time. But which ones are friends/customers and which ones are foes? This is an age-old dilemma faced by ag retailers since the beginnings of the business back in early days of farming. Here are four key points to consider for keeping visitors at your ag retail operation safe:
- If feasible, outlet perimeters should be surrounded by a fence to restrict access points. At the very least, a sign should be posted on all entrance points telling visitors to sign in at the front office before going any further.
- “No Trespassing” signs should be posted around the facility to keep unwanted traffic to a minimum.
- On the property, building doors should be locked when not in use and tank gauges should be protected by lock boxes or positioned in out-of-the-way locations to restrict access.
- Emergency signs should be posted on fences, buildings, and in office areas listing contact names and numbers. This way, if anyone on the property sees an uninvited person or something suspicious taking place, he or she can immediately contact the proper authority figure(s) without delay.