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What the TV Show Restaurant Stakeout Can Teach You About Stopping Employee Theft

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

Who says watching reality television can’t teach you something about your business?

Restaurant Stakeout on the Food Network can provide you with valuable lessons about employee theft. In each episode, the show uses hidden cameras to expose what employees at restaurants are doing on the company’s dime.

This includes horseplay, wasting time on smartphones and employee theft. If you haven’t seen the show here’s a clip.

So what can Restaurant Stakeout teach you about employee theft? Here are some valuable lessons from the show.

1. Get a Professionally Designed and Installed Security Camera Surveillance System: It’s the first thing that always happens on Restaurant Stakeout. Security camera surveillance is a great deterrent for employee theft. It also allows you to monitor your business when you’re not around. You can remotely view employee behavior on internet connected smartphones, tablets and computers. Plus, it gives you key intelligence about customer service and other operational issues.

2. Set the Tone: Your managers and staff look to you to set the tone for your business. If you’re totally hands off or unprofessional, you’re going to run into inevitable problems like employee theft.

3. Hire Good Managers: You can’t always be there to monitor and run your business. The key is to get managers that your employees will respect. On the show, employees regularly walk over weak and lazy managers. Employees will be more likely to steal from you if your managers are amateurs.

4. Key Valuables in Controlled Areas: Employees steal items that are easy to access. If valuables are in access controlled areas, you can use cards or key fobs to control access. Plus, you can record who comes and goes, the times they accessed the area and more. You can even integrate them with your security alarm and/or camera surveillance system.

5. Perform Background Checks & Drug Screenings: Employees are more likely to steal if they have a criminal history and use drugs. Perform background checks on all candidates before hiring. You might want to take it a step further with drug tests.

At Hue & Cry, Inc., we install security camera surveillance systems  and access control systems at California and Oregon businesses that help to deter employee theft. You can also remotely monitor employees with our systems just like on Restaurant Stakeout. To find out more about how we can help you, visit www.HueAndCry.com or call us at 1-800-762-3196.

How to Watch Your Store While You’re Not There

Posted on: November 30th, 2012 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

There’s nothing worse than having to deal with a security system false alarm or an employee situation when you’re relaxing at home.

Discover how remote video monitoring can help you watch your store. We walk you through the benefits and how it works.

After you watch the video, check out the discovery points below this video.

In this video, you will discover:

  • How to monitor your business while you’re away.
  • The best way to watch employee performance while you’re gone.
  • The benefits of remote video monitoring.

At Hue & Cry, Inc., we offer the very best remote video monitoring options to go with your security camera surveillance system. To find out more about remote video monitoring and security cameras, call us today at 1-800-762-3196 or visit www.HueAndCry.com.

Does Outdoor Lighting Deter Crime?

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

LightingCan outdoor lighting really improve security? We have this perception of criminals lurking in the shadows of night. But will outdoor lighting enhance security and catch the bad guys?

The answer to this question is not as simple as you may think. There are many who say lighting is an ineffective deterrent. There are others who say it’s important. So who is right?

The reality is that security lighting can be effective when coupled with other security solutions.

On its own, security lighting is not that effective. In fact, many crimes happen during the daylight hours. Most home burglaries happen between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to law enforcement experts.

According to the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, security lighting is only effective if someone actually sees the criminal activity actually taking place. Otherwise, it really doesn’t prevent crime. A criminal can easily disable the lights if they know the owner is not on the property.

This is not to say that you shouldn’t use outdoor lighting. It has some benefits including:

  • Helping visitors find their way through a property at night.
  • Making a dark place feel more comfortable for owners.
  • Letting people know that they have a visitor at night.

If you want security lighting to work for you, it needs to be paired with a security system or even security camera surveillance systems. Studies show that these types of systems significantly reduce crime.

At Hue & Cry, Inc., we’ve been helping homeowners, business owners and contractors protect their property for more than 30 years. We can help you find the right affordable solution that meets your needs. To find out more how we can help you, call us today at 1-800-762-3196 or visit our Contact Page.

The Benefits of Remote Video Monitoring

Posted on: August 13th, 2012 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

Wouldn’t it be great to have eyes on your business 24/7? In a perfect world, you’d have a team of employees manning a video surveillance room at your business just like you see in the movies.

However, that could be a little pricey. Thankfully, there is an affordable option.

New security camera surveillance systems can alert you of suspicious activities at your business. It’s done by sending out digital notifications whenever a security camera is triggered. This means that law enforcement can apprehend criminals before they get away.

In the old days, security cameras helped catch criminals after the fact. This made it easy for criminals to avoid getting caught. They could simply mask their faces and get away with the crime. That’s not the case with remote video monitoring. It has a higher rate of catching the criminal in the act.

Other benefits include:

  • Affordability – It’s a lot cheaper to use remote video monitoring that staff a security guard 24/7.
  • Remote Management – As the name suggests, you don’t have to be on site. Remote video mentoring includes optional alerts to your smartphone.
  • Quality Video – Security video has significantly improved in the last 10 years. It’s a lot easier to see what’s going on in the video.

When it comes to remote video monitoring, Hue & Cry, Inc. has the latest affordable security camera solutions to protect your business. At Hue & Cry, we offer a variety of monitoring options.

We also carry wireless security systems by Videofield. This allows you to place security cameras just about anywhere. To find out more, visit www.HueandCry.com or call 1-800-762-3196.

How to Properly Conduct a Business Injury Investigation

Posted on: February 13th, 2012 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

If you own a business, it’s only a matter of time before a customer or an employee suffers an accident or an injury.

Do you know how to properly conduct an accident/injury investigation that protects both parties?

If you want to reduce your liability exposure, you should follow these important tips.

  1. Protect the Accident/Injury Scene – Just like a crime scene, you want to close off the area from outsiders.
  2. Document the Area – You’ll want to take pictures or videos of the area as soon as possible. Make sure the video or picture is date and time stamped.
  3. Get Witness Testimonies – Have a video camera or an audio recorder to get witness testimonies. If you don’t have any of these devices, get a signed written statement. Be sure to get the person’s name and contact information if you don’t already know it.
  4. Get a Statement from Injured Party – If the injury isn’t too severe, get a statement from them about what happened.
  5. Check Security Cameras – If you have security camera surveillance systems at your business, be sure to check them to see if the incident was recorded. It can help out a lot.

Following these tips will help to protect your business from exaggerated injury claims and bogus lawsuits.

At Hue & Cry Security Systems, we’ve been protecting businesses for more than 25 years by providing the best business security systems in Northern California and Oregon. To find out more on how we can help you, contact us today at 1-800-762-3196.

How To Train Employees On Using The Security System

Posted on: January 12th, 2011 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

So you finally got a new security system installed at your business. It’s got everything you need. It has camera surveillance systems, access control systems and more.

As a business owner, you and your managers have been trained on how to use the system. However, the rest of your employees have not been trained. You’re probably asking yourself: What’s the best way to train my employees?  What should I do?

Following the tips below will help you successfully train your employees on using a business security system.

Have Regular Training Sessions

After the system is installed, you will want to have a brief training session where you can show all the employees how to use the system. Take the time to go over the system several times. Also be sure to let your employees ask questions.

Be sure to have periodic security system training sessions for new employees and if you get any system upgrades for your security system.

Create Rules

Creating rules is very important. You will want to create several rules including:

  • Who should operate the system
  • When the system should be armed
  • Who should get the key code

Create rules and policies on the security system will ensure your employees know how to operate the system.

Provide Literature To Employees

Be sure each of your employees also gets copies of the literature to review how to use the system. Make sure the literature is easy to read and follow. You also want to make sure the literature is easily available so employees can reference it when needed.

Have A Point Person

Designate one or two people to be the point people for the security system. These will be the go-to people when someone needs a question answered about the security system. Make sure these people are fully trained on the system.

If you have a larger company, you may want to designate someone from every department as a point person.

Summary

Following these tips will ensure your employees know how to use your business security system. Also be sure to contact your business security provider, for any suggestions or help on training your employees.

Easy Ways To Cut Business Security Costs

Posted on: January 10th, 2011 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

sissorsLike most businesses, you’re probably looking for ways to save money in 2011.

There are the obvious areas to cut such as office supplies, travel expense and IT. TechRepublic had an excellent article on how businesses can cut costs relatively pain free. The list included ditching the fax machine, going paperless and embracing telecommuting.

However, you also may be looking at ways to cut business security costs. This is a fine line to walk. You want to save money. But you also don’t want to compromise the security of your business.

Here are some easy ways for you to cut businesses security costs without compromising your level of security.

Know Your Needs

A lot of times, businesses don’t know what they really want when it comes to security. Take the time to sit down and really plan out what level of security your business needs. Think about areas of your business you want to protect.

Consider your security options. Do you need an access control system? Do you need security camera surveillance systems?  Knowing what options your business needs will help you save money in the long run.

Shop Around

Be sure to shop around. Like anything you purchase, you want to consider all of the options on the table. Find a security system company that has a long track record of helping businesses. An upstart company could cost you money down the road. Be sure to get customer testimonials for any security system company you consider.

Finding a reliable security company will save you money in the long run because you won’t encounter any hassles.

Find A Reliable System

This may seem common sense, but many businesses do not take the time to look at a security company’s track record. Try to find out if false alarms are frequent. Talk with customer references about any problems with their system.

With false alarms fines rising, you’ll want to find a security company that has a track record of very few false alarm problems.

Have System Regularly Tested

In order to cut security costs, you’ll want to see how often the company comes out to test your system. You’ll want to find a company that tests your system and provides you with technical support when needed. This can help to prevent false alarms and ensure your system is properly running.

Summary

Following these tips will help you cut security costs in the long run. Remember, security comes before savings. Compromising your security could cost you more money down the road. Take your time and do your research when looking for ways to cut business security costs.

Business Security Solutions and Your Smartphone

Posted on: November 12th, 2010 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

Neilsen reports that by the end of 2011, 1 in every 2 Americans will own a smartphone.

For business owners, this gives them another great way to monitor the store while not physically there.  Security camera surveillance systems can be watched via live streams using a smartphone.

Have you ever thought of your smartphone as the extra line of protection in your business security solutions?

Keeping an eagle eye on your store has more benefits than just preventing shoplifters and burglars.

Workplace fraud and theft creates a $600 billion loss for businesses each year in America.

Being able to monitor your store in real time allows you to target areas where your business could save money.

  • How do employees behave while on the clock?
  • Is any shoplifting or employee theft occurring?
  • Is it necessary for me to have four workers in my business at 8PM?

Using your smartphone to view your surveillance cameras can also keep security costs down.  A grocery store owner in Detroit uses his smartphone to view his store’s video surveillance system.

Having a live streaming view of what is happening in your store at all times helps to keep your valuables safe.

Business theft takes around 10% out of every sales dollar nationwide.  In the United States, property crime occurs every 3 seconds. Property crime can include:

  • Retail Theft – Shoplifting
  • Employee Theft – Embezzlement of Cash/Merchandise/Inventory
  • Robberies

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that 75% of employees steal from work in some way.

Hiring a security guard is an expense many small businesses cannot afford.  Being there to watch over your employees shoulders at every turn may not give you the needed answers.

The ability to use a smartphone to view surveillance cameras in real time is a useful tool for savvy business owners.  Use what most people cannot live without to give your business one extra layer of protection.

The Security Benefits of Video Surveillance Systems

Posted on: October 14th, 2010 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

We all know that camera surveillance systems are aids in helping to prevent shoplifting and catch shoplifters.

According to the National Learning for Shoplifting Prevention, approximately $35 million in goods are stolen each day from stores around the country. Security camera surveillance systems can help cut down on this astronomical number for several reasons:

  • Visual Theft Deterrence: Security cameras are great visual theft deterrents.
  • Observation & Identification: Security cameras can catch shoplifters in the act.
  • Remote Video Management: Security cameras include remote system viewing and management.
  • Digital Recording & Storage: It is easy to retrieve images and video from security cameras.

Just scan the news headlines and you’ll see security cameras play a major role in helping to catch shoplifters. Security cameras also help deter employee theft.

In addition to preventing shoplifting, security cameras are great tools to combat vandalism and fraudulent lawsuits.

Vandals will think twice before vandalizing a property with security cameras. Additionally, security camera video can be a helpful tool in defending your business against fraudulent personal injury lawsuits.

Today’s security cameras deliver high-resolution video with sharp images. Additionally, security camera development has made great advances in improving video quality at night when lighting is poor.

Should a crime occur, it is very easy to pull images from today’s surveillance cameras. Most systems allow you to retrieve images by date, time, camera or alarm. Many security camera systems allow you to print images and create evidence CDs on the spot for police.

To find out what surveillance system is right for your business, it is best to consult with a security systems specialist.

What Type Of Security Camera Is Right For Small Businesses?

Posted on: September 3rd, 2010 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

A few weeks ago, we talked about Which Type of Security Camera Is Right For You. In the blog post, we discussed several types of security camera surveillance systems.

Today, we thought we’d dive deeper into the security camera conversation and see what type of security camera is right for small businesses. Here are the options:

  • Box Security Cameras – These cameras are the larger, bulky cameras hanging in corners of stores. Box security cameras are used as visual theft deterrents.
  • Bullet Security Cameras – These cameras are small and have a cylinder shape. These cameras are favored by many small businesses because of their small size.
  • Dome Security Cameras – These cameras blend in with the surroundings. Businesses use dome security cameras because no one can tell which way the camera is pointing.

For small businesses, the best business security solution is the domed security camera. There are several reasons why a small business should buy a dome security camera:

  1. Dome security cameras are harder to vandalize: Because of its design, these cameras are harder to disable or damage. A vandal will think twice before messing with a dome security camera.
  2. It’s harder to tell where the camera is pointing: Because of its black dome, vandals cannot see which way the camera is pointing, making it harder to commit a crime.
  3. Dome security cameras seem less intrusive: Because of its design, these cameras do not make customers feel like their every movement is being watched. This creates a better atmosphere for your business.

While dome security cameras are usually the best bet for small businesses, we suggest that you discuss your business security options with a professional. They can help you make sure you are making the right decision.

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