Maximize Inventory Security
If you've taken a basic accounting class, you probably
already know about ABC scheduling. If you're unfamiliar with the term,
ABC scheduling is a method used to account for inventory shrinkage,
categorizing every item in your inventory by its value and risk of
High value, frequent loss items fall in the A
category. If you were a technology retailer, these would be small,
easily stolen, high-end electronics, like smart phones. High value, lower loss items, are in the B category.
This would be something like computer monitors that can be costly,
but are harder to steal or damage. The C category would be lower
cost, lower risk items, like inexpensive headphones.
You can use these same categories to streamline and
maximize your inventory security. Your building or warehouse probably
has rooms, corners, closets, shelves, etc. that vary widely in their
level of security. So when it's time to reorganize your inventory
storage, don't get too distracted by the desire to make Tetris shapes
stack together perfectly.
Set out to put your A-level inventory into A-level storage, where it
will be least likely to be stolen, damaged, or misplaced. If you
don't have such a place yet, talk to your commercial security
provider about installing a special A-level security zone. Then work
your way down through levels B and C, until all of your property is
put away in appropriately secure locations.
The same concept applies to your display
shelving. Strategize so that your products are displayed not just for
sales and aesthetics, but also keeping your
most vulnerable inventory as safe as possible.
A Few Odd Security Tips
Lock up and set your alarm every single night. These
are common sense ways to secure your home, but here are a few
tips that may not have occurred to you yet...
1. Befriend the local gossip. You know the one,
the neighbor who knows everybody on the block. This person is a
natural neighborhood watch agent because he/she can't keep her nose
out of the neighborhood drama. You probably met this person when you
first moved into your home. Chances are this friend also knows who
was scoping out your house the other day, and which of the vehicles
parked on your street does not belong. Check in once in awhile and get the scoop.
2. You really need to clean out your garage. An open,
clean garage gives you a place to park your car. With your vehicle
safely tucked away each night, criminals can't tell whether you're home or
away throughout the daylight hours. They can't vandalize your
vehicle, and they can't get at you on your walk between the driver's
seat and the front door. So make some space. You'll feel better.
3. Forgo the safe. Make hidey-holes instead.
Your walls are mostly hollow between the studs. Make use of this
space by creating hiding spots for jewelry, weapons, and cash. Cover
the hole with a fake light switch or outlet plate that can be opened
on a hinge or simply popped off when you need something.
You Are the Weakest Link
You may have invested thousands in computer security,
home security or commercial security. With the rise of automation and
Internet-linked devices, you may be more concerned than ever, about
the vulnerability of these systems to hacks and tampering.
Experts say that the technologies you use aren't
usually the problem. The trouble is with the human.
Smart criminals know that humans are prone to two,
innate social behaviors: helping and obeying. These
criminals know how to use these against you. Some of the biggest
security breaches in the news this year came about because a
friendly-sounding con artist tricked some eager office worker into
giving away passwords or security codes, by pretending to be a
forgetful client or a confused coworker. Or they pose as authority
figures, like a company executive or a security officer, and get you
to comply with their requests out of a desire to please.
Don't be taken in. A rule of thumb is to never give
out pass codes or security information on an incoming call. You can
always look up the number and call the company back on your own, to
ensure that you are talking to the correct
& ROLL TRIVIA
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C. "If you like taking a long walk and getting caught in the
D. "If you like Pepsi Cola and getting caught in the
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