Category Archives: Commercial / Business Security

Preventing Retail Chaos and Organized Crime on Black Friday

In episode 2 of our Loss Prevention Podcast Series, National Retail Federation’s Vice President of Loss Prevention, Bob Moraca, speaks about his take on organized retail crime, loss prevention strategies and how retailers can prepare themselves for the chaos and potential hazards of the upcoming Black Friday shopping mania.

 


Caught in The Act: Video Verified Alarm Systems Improve Police Response Time to Business Burglaries

blog-post-image-video-verification-headline-image copyTry typing “how to break into a store with an alarm” into Google search, and you’ll be startled to see almost 15 million results.

Businesses without alarms are 4.5 times more likely to be burglarized than those that do have them. But even a great alarm system won’t always stop the most tenacious burglars from trying.

The good news is, business security systems that protect retail, dealerships, schools, warehouses, construction sites, mom and pop shops, residences, and more, are evolving. And modern technology is leading to higher apprehension rates, fewer false alarms, and more comprehensive protection.


Fire Safety for Religious Properties

Candles in churchReligious institutions are not just used for Sunday services. They often house daycare centers, preschools, bible study groups and community gatherings.

From 2007 to 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 1,780 structure fires in religious and funeral properties each year, according to a 2013 report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Most of those fires, however, involved religious properties, with just four percent taking place in funeral parlors. On average, those fires resulted in two civilian deaths, 19 civilian injuries, and $111 million in property damage per year, the NFPA noted.


NRF’s VP of Loss Prevention, Robert Moraca, Speaks On Latest Trends & NRFProtect

Loss prevention is a complex and costly issue for the retail industry. In this podcast, American Alarm speaks with Robert Moraca, vice president for loss prevention at the National Retail Federation. Robert discusses tools and techniques proven to reduce retail loss, as well as this week’s NRF convention in Philadelphia, where the latest information and expertise in loss prevention will be made available to all attendees. Tweet this or subscribe for to be emailed upcoming Loss Prevention Podcast episodes.


Inspect Your Business Fire Alarm System Regularly

bus alarm testAs a building owner/business owner, it’s critical that you take all the necessary – and mandated – steps to protect the lives of your employees and your customers. Commercial fire alarm systems are critical to helping you protect your business from fire and smoke.

When operating properly, these commercial fire alarm systems can prevent loss of life and property by alerting the people in your building and your alarm company of a fire emergency.

However, you can’t count on fire alarms to offer the protection your business needs if they’re not inspected on a regular basis.

The best way to determine if your business fire alarm system is up to code or if it needs maintenance is to have it inspected by trained professionals on a regular basis – an extensive inspection and testing should be done annually.


Top Loss Prevention Conferences for 2016

iStock_000060897742_MediumIf you own a business, you understand the frustration of missing product. It is disheartening to put so much time and energy into your company only to find items unaccounted for when you take inventory.

Learning from the experts is a great way to improve your company’s loss prevention strategy. We have put together a list of some of the most attended and best reviewed retail loss prevention conferences around the country.

New England Loss Prevention Expo

This conference, sponsored by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, is taking place on Thursday, September 15 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, Mass.


How To Appropriately Handle Employee Theft

employee theftEmployee theft can take different forms. Workers can steal merchandise, money, supplies and equipment and even pad their expense accounts. Regardless of the manner of employee theft, it still hurts your business and puts you in a tough management situation.

As a business owner, you do everything you can to hire employees who are trustworthy. If you suspect that a worker is stealing from you, it’s critical that you handle the case carefully.

Here are some tips to help you deal with employee theft:


Shoplifting Rises During April School Vacation

iStock_000084928009_SmallAs that old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. April also brings kids a week off from reading, writing and arithmetic.

In New England (with the exception of Connecticut and New Hampshire) spring vacation week is typically the third week in April. Without the structure of school, teens will be looking for fun things to do to occupy their time.

Unfortunately, some kids may turn to other types of not-so-fun activities. In the United States, shoplifting and arrest rates increase when students are off from school including during April school vacation.

When they don’t have regular routines, teens typically hang out at the local mall. No merchant is immune as shoplifting juveniles will steal from all kinds of stores, including big box stores, department stores, supermarkets, drug stores, and even convenience stores.

Teenagers may steal items from merchants for the thrill of it, or to impress their friends. Some of the most common items teens will steal include clothing, books, music, jewelry and anything they can fit into their pockets or purses.


Tips to Help Your Business Weather a New England Storm

New England Business Security During BlizzardSpring in New England comes with beautiful blooms, green grass — and the occasional late-season snow storm. This week’s nor’easter is a good example.

Here are some key tips to help make sure you successfully weather a storm.

  1. Take steps to protect key equipment and records. Ensure you have plenty of plastic sheeting and tape to cover cabinets and safes. Additionally, keep plastic bags on hand that can be sealed to protect your electronics, vital information, legal documents, etc. from water damage.
  2. Back up critical information. Data storage companies offer off-site backups of computer data that can be updated regularly. Keep hard copies of important documents off-site in a secure location in case your business is completely flooded.
  3. Turn off all non-critical devices such as workstations, server monitors and other electrical equipment.
  4. Ensure you have a plan in place to let your customers and suppliers know what’s going on, and keep them updated as the storm progresses. Prepare a list of contractors you can call for any needed building or equipment repair.
  5. Draft an emergency response plan, then train employees on their specific roles. Be sure employees know the right person to notify if any problems arise and have multiple points of contact in case one or more staff members are trapped by the storm.
  6. Set up an interior space for your employees and customers away from windows or glass doors that could break.
  7. Test your security alarm as well as your fire alarm system. Be sure your business security system provider offers redundant communications and a back-up battery system to ensure help is never far away.
  8. Take an inventory of your business property and equipment and write down the serial numbers, prices paid along with when and where you bought each item. Insurance companies requires this information to process your claim in the event of a disaster.
  9. Put together an emergency storm kit that includes the following supplies: Flashlights, a portable, battery-operated radio, extra batteries, first-aid kit, emergency food and water, manual can opener, essential medication, cash and credit cards.
  10. Ensure items that are outside don’t blow away and/or cause damage by:
    • Removing all loose debris
    • Tieing down or moving all nonessential equipment to a safe indoor location
    • Storing flammable liquid drums securely, or moving them to a sheltered area that’s not inside your main building
    • Properly bracing all outdoor signs

While you can’t stop New England’s weather from wreaking havoc with spring storms, following these tips can help prepare you to safely endure the deluge.

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Loss Prevention Tech Trends for 2016

Loss Prevention Tech Trends for 2016When it came to loss prevention back in the day, retailers hired security guards, off-duty police officers, or other such folks to catch criminals trying to rip off their stores. The effectiveness of a retailer’s business security was mainly judged in terms of the number of arrests its security personnel made.

Times have changed, however. Now the name of the game is “loss prevention,” minimizing retail loss rather than making a lot of arrests. To that end, retailers are turning to innovative technology to help them mitigate theft and fraud.

Here are the four trends in “asset protection technology” for 2016, according to the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).