10 Ways You Are Susceptible to Theft

Studies conservatively estimate that a business can prevent 25-50% of criminal activity by employing a simple video security camera and/or system. At today's crime rates, such an investment will pay for itself in months.

Here are some of the MANY ways that a security system can protect your business:

1. Fraudulent Claims

Some people make a career out of staging "slip and falls." Fortunately, many of these claims have been successfully disputed by businesses using CCTV cameras in public areas.

However, it's equally important that companies place CCTV cameras in areas of the business not accessible to the general public, where most claims of employee injuries occur.

2. Supply Theft

Products stored on a shelf in plain sight may be difficult for a thief to access. However, stockrooms are typically out of sight and out mind of a business manager, and make perfect targets for internal thieves. It only takes a single hidden security camera to identify where your supplies are going.

3. Returns Theft

Goods returned to a store are often held in separate storage spaces, and don't get the same level of security as newer goods. However, thieves will quickly recognize this lack of attention, and consider them to be easy pickings.

4. Tool Theft

A typical company will keep ample supplies of expensive gear on hand. For some businesses, this gear may be considered safe from theft due its uniqueness, which makes it difficult to pawn.

Thanks to the abundance of online auction sites and shoppers, anything can be sold rather easily. This makes no business immune from theft.

5. Office Creepers

An unfortunate byproduct of busy offices with lots of expensive technology lying around is something we call "office creepers." Office creepers will stroll right into the heart of any business and take their pick of laptops, monitors, printers, etc.

6. Productivity Loss

Websense has released studies that show business loss due to low productivity far outweighs more traditional means of theft. Recognize everything from low productivity to employees running separate web-based businesses while on the clock and stop that activity with a small investment in video security.

7. More Productivity Loss

Certainly, there are more common acts of everyday productivity loss with extended conversations, extended breaks, low accomplishment of tasks, and so on. These are common to almost every business, but confronting these offenders can be difficult to do from a legal standpoint.

8. Crimes Against Others

Inside any business, the company is not the only one with valuables. These days, both customers and employees enter a business equipped with a variety of items commonly targeted by thieves — including cell phones, laptops, cash, and personal information. And as such, also customers can become a prime target for thieves. Losing the trust of customers can do considerable harm to an otherwise successful business.

9. Customer Experience

Many of our business customers who are focused on customer service will employ body-worn video equipment and mystery shop their own business to document the true customer experience. This tactic quickly roots out the bad apples, and provides very powerful training videos to educate the company's employees of how to properly interact with the customer.

10. Outside Locked Doors

In these tough times, desperate folks are even targeting things you wouldn’t normally think as valuable. At the top of this new list is metal — anything metal, from cooper wires for lighting, aluminum from air conditioners, and even storm drain covers.

It's impossible to be everywhere in a business at all times — but with video surveillance systems you can get very close. When items are missing and questions arise, a quick review of footage recorded sometimes weeks ago will uncover the facts and enable you to take quick and decisive action. Modern video surveillance solutions are not only easy to use and affordable, they are also easy to install.

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