Practical LP Tips To Keep Your Business from Becoming a Statistic

If you own a business, you know that theft is a serious threat, from both outside and within. But being aware of the intricacies of the problem can help you combat it with wise choices in security technologies and reduce your risk of becoming a statistic.

Valuable Statistics About Outside Threats

The FBI crime statistics report that a business in the United States is burglarized every 12 seconds. Those thefts combined result in more than $3.1 billion in property and personal loss. Those crimes didn’t just happen. They came about as a result of planning on the part of the criminal, and opportunities provided by the victim.
Here are some important facts about how burglars make entry into businesses.

  • Six in 10 burglaries involve forcible entry.
  • One third were unlawful entries.
  • Just over six percent were attempted forcible entries.
  • The primary ways burglars gain entry were through open doors and windows or forcible entry through doors and windows.
  • Only one in eight burglars report picking locks or using an acquired key to gain entry.
  • Most commercial burglaries happen at night, weekends and on holidays when the business is closed.

Here are some important insights about employee theft:

  • More than six in 10 businesses have been victims of employee theft.
  • Over 40% of thefts involving employees are of money, ranging from $5 to $2 million dollars.
  • The average amount stolen is $20,000, which is a devastating loss to most businesses.
  • Around two in 10 thefts involved products sold by the business, most were of materials that go into making final products.
  • Six percent were of office supplies.

What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?

No business has to remain vulnerable. Here are some important ways you can reduce the chances of becoming a crime statistic.

  • Conduct thorough background checks on all employees.
  • Install access control systems and grant access to only those areas necessary to perform the duties of the job.
  • Use security cameras in places of vulnerability such as stockrooms and point of sale.
  • Do not keep excess cash on the property. Make bank deposits daily.
  • Close and lock doors to areas where valuable products or supplies are kept.
  • Use fencing and locked gated to protect equipment.
  • Keep all areas of the property well-lit.
  • Cover all areas of the property with video surveillance.

If you own a business, you know how seriously theft can impact your bottom line. S-TRON helps keep businesses from becoming a crime statistic with highly technical electronic security solutions. For more information, call S-TRON today.

7 Ways to Maximize Your Security Investment

As a business owner, you have done all the right and practical things to protect your business like keeping the grounds well-lit, and keeping landscaping simple, cut back, and low to the ground. You have also invested in a security system with features such as intrusion detection, access control and video surveillance that help keep your employees and customers safe.

Security systems are a necessary and worthwhile investment, but did you know that your security equipment can do much more than provide protection?  This same equipment can give you a competitive edge and improve your business.

Security is Your New Superpower

Security systems aren’t just for security any more. That same system can be one of the most powerful tools you have in mitigating risks, reducing cost, and improving productivity and customer service. Here are just a few of the nearly endless ways you can maximize your security system investment.

  • False liability claims are one of the costliest problems a business can encounter. A quick review of your high definition recorded video can help to quickly alleviate or reject those costly claims, and keep the swindlers out of your profits.
  • You can also use your security system to gain marketing insights by remotely viewing how customers react to product placement, in-store marketing, and store-layout. Gaining this insight lets you make swift adjustments to help increase your sales and profits.
  • Rather than be over or under staffed, know the ebb and flow of each day in the month and schedule accordingly.
  • Remote video surveillance can also provide insight about where employees need more training. Proper training can help reduce loss, costs, and injuries.
  • Another valuable way to use your security systems is to ensure excellent customer service. One bad experience can send a customer to the business down the street—for good.
  • Great security can also prove you are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws showing that your employees are performing critical duties as they should.
  • Video surveillance can also provide insight on what employees do when business is slow, such as find a job to do or hop on their cell phone.

Stretching Your Investment

Improving security was probably your main objective in choosing your security system. But the money you spent to protect your business, employees and customers can serve other important non-security needs that can maximize that investment and make your business as profitable and competitive as possible. The great news is that it does not take anything more than you already have to provide huge additional advantage!

S-TRON is an electronic security integrator serving regional and national retail and hospitality companies. S-TRON delivers real solutions that help alleviate the real world problems and challenges these industries face.

Vulnerabilities that Ruin Businesses: Protect Your Business from the Top Five

As crime becomes more sophisticated, business owners are faced with some serious considerations when it comes to security. Whether it is a restaurant, retail, grocery or convenience store, all experience the same five top vulnerabilities; and these vulnerabilities have the power to take down any business.
In order to protect your business, consider these top five vulnerabilities.

Burglary and Robbery

A business burglary happens every four minutes somewhere in the United States. Both burglary and robbery put your business, and the lives of your employees and customers in extreme risk.

Employee Theft

Employees steal $50 billion a year from their employers and up to 75% have stolen at least once. One third of all business bankruptcies are a result of employee theft.

Liability

It is no secret that con artists are looking to make a fast– and dishonest—buck by claiming they were harmed by your business. Many of them are so exceptional at their craft that proving them wrong is near impossible without the right tools in place.

Fire and Emergencies

Fire and other emergencies have a devastating impact on your business. Some are beyond your control while others are preventable. In either case, being proactive in prevention as well as having a plan of action in case of an event can limit damages and protect lives.

Vandalism

Vandalism may seem like a minor problem but each act of vandalism encourages another. Not only does removing spray paint and fixing windows add up over the long haul, all it takes is someone damaging a critical piece of equipment to cripple a business for days, or even permanently.

Preventing the Big Five

We understand that knowing and understanding your vulnerabilities is not enough. You need practical and strategic solutions you can implement immediately. Here are those solutions.

  • Keep entries and parking lots well-lit so they can be seen from the street.
  • Keep landscaping low to prevent creating places to hide.
  • Use security cameras indoors and outdoors of the property. Security cameras serve as a strong crime deterrence.
  • Install Panic buttons.
  • Use a motion intrusion system.
  • Install deadbolt locks on exterior doors and keep locked when not in use.
  • Use fencing.
  • Use access control systems to and only give access to areas necessary to do the job.
  • Keep security cameras focused on registers, stock rooms, and other critical areas.
  • Use access control to prevent visitors from going in dangerous areas.
  • Discourage loitering outside your business.
  • Monitor food prep areas.
  • Keep recorded video at least 30 days. Consider cloud storage.
  • Have a monitored fire and environmental alarm system.
  • Train employees on emergency procedures.

Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Melville, NY, S-TRON is an electronic security integrator with national reach. S-TRON serves its clients with best in class equipment installations, ongoing service, maintenance and support.