How secure is your home? Do you know when someone is approaching your front door? Do you know if one of your windows has been opened while you sleep, or even while you are away? Home burglaries happen far too often and without a home security system, you are more likely to fall victim. My site contains several tips that you can use to improve the level of security in and around your home. With a good security system and some preventative measures taken, you can decrease the likelihood of falling victim to this life changing and traumatizing crime that occurs each day.
If you're in the retail business, you probably worry about customer shoplifting. You might also keep a close eye on your cash registers and safes to help prevent employee theft. However, you should also be careful about employees potentially shoplifting the items off of your shelves -- after all, they know better than anyone about how to take things off of your shelves and racks without anyone knowing. Luckily, following these tips can help.
1. Use an Inventory Tracking System
Make sure that you keep track of the inventory within your store and your stock room. Check the inventory regularly, at random times, to let employees know that you are on the ball and keeping an eye on inventory. It's also smart to do random spot-checks of your register receipts to help prevent other forms of employee theft.
2. Use Surveillance Cameras
You probably already have surveillance cameras in place in your retail store, but make sure that you have them in key locations. For example, keep an eye on the equipment that is used to remove clothing security tags. Also, if you do not have enough surveillance cameras in place to monitor the entire store at once, consider turning and adjusting them periodically so that you can always see a different part of the store. At random, check the surveillance tapes -- you can even do so from home with many systems -- to see what employees are doing on their shifts. If things seem "off" on certain shifts or when certain people are working, start paying closer attention to the surveillance cameras when these individuals are working.
3. Be Present
Make it a point to stop by the store regularly and to sit in and keep an eye on your employees. Along with allowing you to see how they interact with customers, it can also help clue you in to suspicious behavior. Plus, employees may be less likely to shoplift if they know that you might show up at any random moment.
4. Encourage Anonymous Tips
In many cases, other employees will have an idea when something is amiss. Make it clear that employees can clue you in about what is going on without any repercussions.
5. Minimize Opportunity to Carry Items Out
Take steps to minimize the opportunity for employees to carry things out of the store. Place surveillance cameras near the employee exits, put rules in place about how frequently employees can leave and walk out to their personal vehicles, and request that purses and bags be left in a locker by the door or that employees only carry clear or mesh bags in and out of a shift.
For more information, talk to a retail security system professional.