Posts Tagged ‘Security’

Surviving Disasters – Surviving A Home Invasion !

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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Friday, October 23rd, 2009

The latest edition of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, 2008 Crime in the United States, published last month, offered the latest snapshot of the crime level in the U.S. While the numbers for violent crimes made some modest declines, the statistics on burglary illustrated more of a roller coaster effect.

The national rate for burglary in 2008 was 730.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. Total burglaries were 2, 222,196, up 2 percent from 2007 and up 3.6 percent over the five-year span dating back to 2004. The news was especially discouraging if you’re a homeowner, landlord or renter. Residences took a significant hit in 2008, burgled 1,562,976 times, up 5.4 percent from 2007 levels and accounted for 70.3 percent of all burglary offenses.

Interestingly, the largest increase in residential burglaries was those that occurred during the day. Daytime burglaries of residences jumped 8.3 percent, up to 805,193 from 738,654 in 2007. In comparison, residences were burglarized 437,007 times at night in 2008, an increase of just 3.5 percent from 2007.
“People aren’t home during the day,” said James Alan Fox, Lipman professor of criminal justice at Northeastern University, Boston, explaining the higher number of burglaries during the daylight hours. “You have single parents or two-career households; mom and dad are at work, the kids are at school, and nobody’s home.

“During the day, it may be easier to see, but it’s also easier for the burglar to identify a target. No car in the driveway; ring the doorbell and no one answers. They may even have a phone number and try to call,” Fox added. “If they get the answering machine that says no one’s available, their first thought isn’t going to be that someone might just be in the bathroom.”

Fox also suggested that people might not to set the alarm during the day. He said many are more likely to activate an alarm at night to prevent burglary or an attack, but in the daytime they may be too rushed or too indifferent to activate it.

Fox also suggested that people might not to set the alarm during the day. He said many are more likely to activate an alarm at night to prevent burglary or an attack, but in the daytime they may be too rushed or too indifferent to activate it.
“We know that homes that are protected (by a security system) are much less likely to be broken into than a home that doesn’t have any visible sign of a security-type system,” said Jon Sargent, past president of the California Alarm Association. “I think homes with other forms of protection, even something as simple as a dog or some indication that they have some type of camera system, they’re less likely [to be targeted].”

Not all of the news from the report was bad, however. Burglaries of nonresidential buildings such as stores and offices fell 5.9 percent from 2007 to 2008. Daytime incidents were down 2 percent, while nighttime burglaries fell 6 percent; the five-year trend in nighttime burglaries fell more than 10 percent.
“Security measures in a commercial establishment may seem better than what people have in their homes, as perceived by the burglar,” Fox said. “It may be that the commercial establishment has better resources, or may put greater resources into it — whether it be a guard service or an alarm system — than a private residence does.” Fox added that, as the economy has struggled, residents may have chosen to cut back on their alarm systems.
The advancements in technology — and perhaps of more significance, the lowering of their cost — are at play in the decline of nonresidential burglaries, Sargent said. The affordability and ease of use of electronic protection systems has encouraged many users to add security systems to protect their properties.

“The proliferation and the advancement of camera systems, both with monitoring capabilities and others that are simply recording, could be playing a factor in that,” Sargent said. “People understand that there are more cameras everywhere these days.”

As for stolen property, not surprisingly, locally stolen motor vehicles topped the list. Jewelry and precious metals were next (excluding miscellaneous items at almost $3.8 billion) at $1.5 billion stolen, 4.3 percent recovered; followed by currency at nearly $1.2 billion stolen, 3.5 percent recovered.

The value of other common goods stolen: electronics — televisions, stereos, etc. — office equipment, and household goods totaled almost $2.2 billion.

Employee Theft

Friday, September 18th, 2009

We, in the security arena, often hear from the small “Mom & Pop” retailers, “I don’t think any of my employees would ever steal from me.” If you think that statement is accurate your business is on a direct pathway to failure. The first time I heard that a retailer wanted me to look at their operation to identify possible areas that were ripe for shoplifters. What I ended up finding was a longtime trusted employee that had stolen over $50,000 in cash and merchandise over a three to four year period. After a couple of years of working for this small retailer the employee was given keys to the store and responsibility for making the bank deposits.

As it turned out this trusting employer failed to call past employers, failed to run a background check, failed to reconcile bank deposits and , in general, turned over the business operations to this “trusted” employee. This was a hard lesson for the retailer and they came close to losing their business over it. Consider this, 24 percent of your employees will not steal from you under any conditions – they are completely honest. Another 24 percent will look for or create opportunities to steal. The remaining 52% will only steal from you if the right conditions present themselves. Most people who fall into this percentage are young, first time, employees. Some tips to help you combat employee theft are:

Conduct reference and background checks. If the above retailer had done so they would found the employee who was stealing from them already had been terminated twice for stealing from someone else.

Keep track of who has keys to your business, and change the locks when key carriers leave your employment, – even under the best of circumstances.

Put policies in writing. Even if you only have a one or two employees, put some basic anti-theft policies in writing, making it clear that you will not tolerate theft. This will set the tone and strengthen civil and criminal hearings where the employee may use the lack of unwritten policies as their defense.

Examine your sales floor and stockroom areas frequently. If you find out-of-place merchandise such as a piece of jewelry hidden under an article of clothing, you could have an internal theft issue. An employee might be planning to come back at an opportune moment and steal the merchandise.

Designate a trusted employee to do your merchandise receiving. Make sure they are properly trained. A dishonest employee teamed up with a dishonest vendor can be devastating to your business. If more that one employee is working, designate someone to ring employee purchases. If you have more that one register, designate a single register to be used for all employee sales. Designate one employee to remove trash from the store. If your business uses an Electronic Article System (EAS), make sure the trash bags are passed through to help insure high value merchandise is not being discarded.

Lack of cash controls is a major factor with retailers. Many store operators fail to exercise proper cash controls by using what I call the “community till” system: Associates operate on one register, and at the end of the day, the owner finds that she is short cash. Was it an honest mistake? Did an employee give a customer too much change back? Did someone take the money? You will never know unless employees are held responsible for their own registers. Employees should be given a fresh register drawer at the start of their shift, and make sure they count it. The register should be counted down just before they leave for the day. This method tells associates you take cash handling seriously.

Remote Panic Buttons With Your Car Keys!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

If You Had A System That had Wireless Keyfobs, You Could Have A Panic Button On You While Getting Out Of Your Car, In Your Driveway or Garage!
Gold Is Up…..Oil & Gas Are Going Back Up….Un-Employment Is Up…..Do Not Make It Easy For Thieves To Take Advantage Of You!

5 Charged In NY Home Invasion BurglariesWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. May 2009.
Five men have been charged with home invasion robberies in Westchester County.
The men were arraigned Monday on charges including burglary, robbery, assault and grand larceny.
Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore says the men targeted a City Island restaurant owner who carried cash home to New Rochelle. Prosecutors say the men followed the restaurant owner home last June 29 and robbed him.

Prosecutors say the men burglarized the same New Rochelle house on Sept. 2 and invaded a house in Harrison the next day.

The men are charged with stealing watches and jewelry from the Harrison home and assaulting the residents of the home when they arrived in a car. The three victims all suffered broken bones.

I Can Show You How To Stop Home Invasions!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

A comprehensive security audit can easily show the vulnerabilities of any premise Here at Secure Operations, Inc., in Port jefferson Station, NY 11776, we specialize in just that. Having perimeter protection, portable panic buttons and a door intercom system are just a few ways that would create a “Firewall” around your home. Through a few simple techniques, you can have the piece of mind you are looking for without breaking the bank. This day and age it seems that people spend more money on lawn care than they do for Fire, carbon monoxide or burglar protection for their family. Till next time :)