According to the US Chamber of Commerce, 75% of employees steal from work and most do so repeatedly. Recent reports indicate that employee theft is the fastest growing crime in America, with 69,373 offenders being apprehended in 2010. By setting up a security system at your business, you can do your part to help reverse this trend and provide verifiable evidence in the event that an incident of internal theft has occurred to you.
SOURCES: American Society of Employers, Jack Hayes International, Inc. survey, US Chamber of Commerce
How You Can Increase Security
Talk to your staff about safety in the workplace
- Ask that all new employees provide a criminal record clearance
- Establish a safety committee and post information concerning emergency procedures
- By law, you are required to tell your employees if you install a video security system – keep staff informed
Protect your privacy
- Implement policies requiring a set password on computers which also locks after a few minutes of inactivity
- Shred confidential papers before recycling them
- Keep valuables, such as wallets, purses or mobile phones, in a locked area
Limit access to important areas and files
- Restrict building access keys to those who actually need them
- Regularly change the combination of your safe to prevent anyone from memorizing it
- Protect electronic documents with specific passwords so they cannot be altered
Take the time to choose the right security system
- The dimensions of your building, number of entrances, and staff size all affect your security needs – find the one that will benefit you the most
Review your footage regularly
- Cycle through your video every couple of weeks to ensure that you never delete or record over footage you have not yet watched
- If you do catch someone stealing, vandalizing or damaging something, take the proper steps to effectively reprimand them
Benefits of Office Surveillance
Increase Productivity through Peace of Mind
Most businesses are monitored in some way. This makes employees feel safer at work, eases worries about inventory being stolen, and increases overall productivity in the office.
Prevent Employee Theft
Even employees that steal items of relatively small face value, such as office supplies or inexpensive items from store shelves, can cost you a great deal in the long run. That is to say nothing of the theft of higher-priced items. When an employee takes these items and doesn’t get caught, it negatively affects their performance and indicates a sense of disloyalty to the company.
Around the Clock Protection
If you have a video security system in place, you will have a record of everything that happens at your business, even when you are away. You can even set up schedules so that recording begins when your office closes for the day. This allows you to monitor 24/7 and keep your building secure.