Preparing shopping centres for security over the Christmas period.

Securing shopping centres during the Christmas period is crucial due to increased foot traffic, higher sales, and the potential for increased criminal activity

If you’re wondering whether the Christmas period brings something unusual or different to the security preparedness of shopping centres?

Yes, there are several aspects of security preparedness during the Christmas period that can be considered unusual or different from other times of the year. These factors are often related to the unique characteristics and challenges of the Christmas season. Here are some considerations:

  1. Increased Foot Traffic: Christmas is a peak shopping season, leading to a significant increase in the number of visitors to shopping centres. Security measures should be adjusted to accommodate the higher foot traffic.
  2. Extended Operating Hours: Many shopping centres extend their operating hours during the Christmas season to accommodate holiday shoppers. Security personnel and systems need to adapt to these extended hours, ensuring consistent coverage.
  3. Seasonal Employees: Retailers often hire seasonal employees to handle the increased workload. Security protocols should include measures to ensure the proper vetting and training of these temporary staff members.
  4. High-Value Merchandise: The holiday season typically involves increased sales of high-value merchandise. Security measures should be heightened to prevent theft and protect valuable inventory.
  5. Online Shopping: With the rise of online shopping, the holiday season sees increased cyber threats, such as phishing scams and fraudulent activities. Cybersecurity measures should be strengthened to protect both online shoppers and retailers.

Regularly reviewing and updating security protocols based on lessons learned from previous Christmas seasons will help create a safer and more secure environment for shoppers and staff alike.

By proactively implementing security measures, shopping centres can create a safer environment for both customers and staff during the busy Christmas period.

By identifying all the specific aspects of shopping centres, shopping centres can tailor their security preparedness to effectively manage the unique challenges of the festive season.

Update and increase if you find gaps in the measures listed below 

Risk Assessment, Training and Communication personnel and customers, Security Personnel, CCTV Surveillance, Access Control, Visible Deterrents, Emergency Plans, Customer Awareness, Retailer Cooperation, Technology Integration, Parking Lot Security, Cybersecurity, Crowd Management

May your Christmas be bright, happy and safe.

Merry Christmas!


Text by Kirsi Toppari, Hellenberg International

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