Specialist leisure insurance broker Lycetts has emphasised the need to protect arcades over what is looking to be a bumper summer season.
Hundreds of thousands of Britons are expected to choose staycations over holidaying on the continent this summer – but a boost in footfall can harbour problems for arcade owners.
Indeed, an arcade insurance specialist has emphasised that a soar in customer numbers could leave attractions vulnerable to opportunist thieves.
“Arcade thieves tend to strike during the summer months, taking advantage of limited visibility in a crowd and staff’s attention being divided by the sudden influx of visitors,” said David Still, from leisure insurance broker Lycetts. “Often, these thieves work in packs and go from resort to resort carrying out a string of offences. There is a level of sophistication to their crimes and they are skilled in using distraction techniques to avoid detection. It is often the case that the thieves have already fled by the time staff even realise cash has been stolen. Arcade owners should do everything they can to ensure they are one step ahead of wouldbe thieves and help protect their business against such crime.”
Lycetts advise arcade owners to ensure staff are vigilant about floor checks and are constantly on the lookout for suspicious behaviour.
CCTV should be covering the gaming floor and monitors should be easy for staff to view, such as behind the counter, so they can keep an eye on gamers at all times.
The company also recommends having dedicated security staff to help reduce the chances of being a victim of theft, as demands on staff are lessened. Floats and safes are also a target of thieves.
Lycetts advocates sufficient staffing during float changeovers and that the money is quickly taken to a secure area. Safes should be kept out of view of customers and emptied on a regular basis.
Of course, risks can be lowered but not eliminated, so it is important to have the appropriate insurance that offers sufficient cover should it become necessary.
Bacta members can find out how to save 15 percent on their insurance policy by visiting lycetts.co.uk/arcades.