Best Practices: Dispensary Security Evaluations
December 17, 2018
As the cannabis industry continues to evolve and lucrative businesses pop up across the U.S., opportunities for crime come hand-in-hand. Legalization has reduced a significant amount of risk in buying and selling marijuana, but dispensary security should still remain a top priority for business owners. Due to the cash-only nature of many legal cannabis businesses and the fact that cannabis is still a black market product in nearly 20 states, it’s essential that you’re continuously evaluating your business security measures and that employees are regularly trained on security best practices. These 3 steps are essential for continually evaluating and improving your dispensary security measures.
1. Security Consulting
When you’re building out your floor plans and license application, it’s essential that you find a partner who understands dispensary security and the stringent compliance requirements that come with it. Many states require annual evaluations of your security frameworks to ensure all of your vulnerabilities are locked down tightly. Contact us for a free security consultation.
2. Employee Security Training
Unfortunately, the cannabis industry carries and an unusually high rate of employee turnover, making it difficult to ensure your staff is up-to-date on the latest employee security best practices. We recommend doing staff security training every 6 months to make sure all of your staff, even new employees, are trained in employee security best practices.
3. Regular Updates
Did you know that the biggest criminal threat to your business is current and past employees? Nobody knows your business inside and out better than those who have worked at it. Everything from lock codes, locations of safes/cash, and even technology passwords should be regularly updated and changed. Something simple like access to the business WiFi can give a computer-savvy individual all they need to get inside your business.
While these are just a few suggestions to keeping your security current, there are a number of other techniques that you may be employing which can become stale or outdated practices. At Helix Cannabis Security, we highly encourage regular updates to all of your security procedures. We offer free security consultations as well as offer employee security trainings to ensure your staff knows how to identify and mitigate potential threats before they arise.
Have questions about cannabis business security or want to learn more about pricing? Contact us here! Formerly Security Grade Protective Services, Helix Cannabis Security provides end-to-end security services for licensed cannabis businesses or traditional industries. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter for security best practices, tips, and company updates.