By David Voigts, Managing Director, Cautela.
How can Technology work to help me reduce loss to my company and protect my home and family?
Theft and Fraud
Did you know. Fraud prevention experts have developed what they call the 10-10-80 rule which means:
10%, Of people will never steal,
10%, Of people Will always steal,
80%, Of people will steal If given the opportunity.
Crime and Opportunity
Thieves will generally steal whatever they can get their hands on, from inside your home, your place of work or business. The greatest threat to the retail sector today derives from theft by staff and customers. Remember there is always a market for stolen merchandise.
Before someone steals the thief will make his own risk assessment. In criminology, this is call “Rational Choice Theory”. The choices are aimed at optimization of their pleasure or profit. Making a choice to steal based on two factors Greed or Need and Opportunity. Remember CRAVED: Concealable, Removable, Available, Valuable, Enjoyable and Disposable
Situational Crime Prevention
The aim of “Situational Crime Prevention” is to reduce and limit physical opportunities for someone to Steal or carryout a more sinister crime and increase the risk to the offender of being caught.
deter, detect or delay the criminal
For a crime to take place you need three elements 1, criminal 2, Greed or Need and 3, an opportunity. If you take away one of these elements a crime cannot take place. Remember limit the opportunities. There are a number of ways in which we can deter, detect or delay the criminal:
1, Sound Policies, Plans and Procedures
This approach is the backbone to security management. We must ensure that there is sound, effective and transparent policies, plans and procedures that are communicated to; and understood by all members of staff and management. The documents must be reviewed on a regular basis, and adjusted accordingly to the change in the security environment.
2, Effective Risk Assessments
All staff and management must have an understanding of the risks to their locations.
3, Security Training and Awareness
Security training and awareness is normally to be found between health & safety and the company staff handbook; and it tends to receive a low priority. That of course is dangerous, because all members of staff must be at least as aware of the security of their colleagues, and assets. Well trained Staff can reduce stock loss especially in the retail industry where the use of CCTV and Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) can contribute substantially.
4, Security Equipment
Well designed, implemented and maintained equipment that is not only fit for purpose, but will also respond when needed. Often in Asian markets it is all too obvious that companies will purchase close copies of named security brands and expect the performance to match. This is not only dangerous but increases the security risk and protection of both the premises and the personnel on location. Cautela can discus in more detail with reference to the use of Crime Prevention, Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
5, Security Systems and Technologies
All Security Systems and Technologies should be based on Operational Requirements that should ensure that they are fit for purpose. Remember your systems will be running 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year with the purpose of protecting your investment, property and people. Having a good well designed security system is important
In the security industry, they have a saying “buy cheap buy twice”. In the long run the cheaper system could cost you more.
TECHNOLOGY NEVER SLEEPS
Technology Never Sleeps but Technology cannot work without people. Nevertheless, most systems failures are due to human error. The balance between people and technology must be right. The technology does not need to sleep or eat it just keeps on protecting us. People are needed to carry out Physical Security duties like searching where the need for a dynamic physical check and decision making cannot be completed by a machines or piece of equipment. and trained humans are essential to the maintenance and good working of technical equipment.
When we carry out any security risk assessments we always work on the principal “Protection in Depth”, working from the outside in on a layered system. The more layers presented to the criminal the harder it is to steal. With the correct use of security controls, you can use the principal “Protection in Depth” both in your home or business. Technology can also protect us on the outside of the perimeter with the use of asset tracking etc.
RATIONAL CHOICE THEORY: Remember the objectives of all security control is deter, detect or delay in order the Reduce the Opportunity to steal where the Thieve make a CHOICE not to steal from you and move on the where risk is not as great giving him better OPPORTUNITIES.
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