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As a business owner, you really want to trust your employees. You interviewed and hired most of them, and as a whole you like your team and are glad to have them onboard with your company.
Sadly, the statistics show that not all employees are as honest as you want to believe. As the US Fraud Survey notes, employee theft is the number-one cause of store loss. Overall, shrinkage — which refers to the loss of inventory due to employees taking items or cashiers ringing up products incorrectly to benefit the customer — costs the retail industry a whopping $60.1 billion each year.
Whether you own a construction company, restaurant or landscaping business, these are sobering statistics. To protect your business from internal and external security threats, implement a wide range of security policies and procedures. Consider the following ideas:
Place cameras throughout your place of work to keep an eye on things. When shopping for a surveillance system, consider your situation. Mobile surveillance units (MSUs) are especially effective for construction businesses that involve working at remote locations and often have limited access to power. There are a number of MSU options to consider. For example, they can be set up to record locally or remotely and can also include motion detection cameras, license plate recognition, pan/tilt/zoom cameras, and there is also a “green” solar-powered option for work areas where power is at a premium.
Mobile security cameras come in a variety of sizes including the MSU mini, a portable camera system which is ideal for small to mid-sized locations including schools or government offices; the larger MSU camera that can keep an electronic eye on larger job sites like a building or construction zone.
If you allow your employees to use their own mobile devices for work, it is important to implement a strict company policy to make sure any sensitive business data does not fall into the wrong hands. Digital Guardian says the first step in keeping your company safe is to encrypt all of your data in the case of a breach.
In addition, BYOD policy should include a section on mobile device management, which will allow you or an IT department or consultant to have access to any device that can hook into your business network; this includes a clause about revoking access to the business info at any time and having to wipe a device clean if it is stolen or lost. Also, encourage your employees to have a strong password to access any company data, and this password should be changed regularly, like every month or so.
Create an Honest Company Culture
In addition to security systems and BYOD policies, implementing policies that reward honesty, along with a thorough employee education process, will also help your employees feel like they are part of a team that is devoted to helping your company stay safe and secure. Rewarding employees who consistently follow important rules like locking the doors and removing cash from the register at night can help safeguard your retail establishment or other business.
No matter what type of company you own, you definitely want to keep your equipment, revenue and sensitive data where it belongs — within the business. By following policies and procedures to reduce internal and external threats, you should see a decrease in theft and other issues that negative impact the security of your company.