Keep Employee Theft Out of Your Business
One out of every forty employees
will get caught stealing from the company that pays them. That means,
over the life of your business, you will almost certainly hire your
fair share of thieves, perhaps without ever knowing who they were. To
make things worse, employees steal an average of five times more than
shoplifters, on a case by case basis. So what can you do to protect
yourself from wolves in the flock?
1. Use video
surveillance. And do not be sneaky about it. Video cameras serve as
both a deterrent and a means of detection. Statistically, they can
reduce employee theft by more than half, and they can help you
recover what you've lost by pinpointing the culprit.
workers in pairs. There should always be two employees present for
voids, refunds, opening, and closing times. Avoid scheduling pairs who are close friends,
as they may be more likely to cover for each other.
informants. Make it easy for employees who witness a theft or
attempted theft, to tip you off anonymously. You can use a locked
comment box or a separate email account. Make it known to
everyone that you intend to reward productive tips with cash or other
One of the best ways to prevent
theft is to create a happy, satisfying work environment, where
your staff feels appreciated and adequately paid. Employees who
know you and like you are much less likely to steal from you.
Is Your Yard a
Keeping up a lawn, hedges, and a
garden can cost you a huge amount of work and money. However, if
you're not careful, your hedgerows can send an open invitation to
intruders in the area. Keep an eye out for these burglar-friendly
bushes close to the home, or blocking the street view: This is
inviting a burglar to hunker down in the shade and wait until you
leave the house. Or worse, to take his sweet time breaking into the
window or door at night, without any fear of detection from
passers-by. Keep those hedges low, and the home clearly visible, for
the best security outlook.
with long limbs, next to the second story windows: Almost the
same as providing a ladder for intruders-tall trees can lead to
second floor break-ins. On a related note, keep second floor windows
locked, and wire them into your security system.
Tall grass and weeds:
Combine it with a pile of newspapers in the driveway,
and you've pretty much told the burglar that you're away on vacation.
He won't mind sneaking in the back door and slowly cleaning out your
home while you're gone. Instead of letting things go while you're
away, hire a neighbor kid or a lawn service to keep things fresh and
neat for you. That ought to keep the prowlers
Three Ways the Cloud Makes Your Data Safer
Lots of companies are making the
switch to cloud based software. But is your customers' data really
safer there? The answer to that question is yes, with a few caveats.
Here are three of the major reasons cloud computing is more secure:
1. A full time
staff and dedicated facilities. Cloud storage facilities are made
specifically for data storage. They run a secure, climate-controlled
environment, staffed by data security professionals. If you were to
create the same level of security for your own hard drives and servers,
it would come at a much higher price than the cost of purchasing
space on the cloud.
data is stored on more than one server at once, using many different
power sources. That way, if one power source or server fails, your
information is still available on a backup server elsewhere.
3. Less room
for human error. When all of your employees are carrying company data
around on their individual devices, your company's private
information can be accessed by anyone who is able to simply snatch a
tablet, or find a laptop left behind in a taxi. On the cloud, all
your information is encrypted and password protected, with a variety
of security measures to choose from. That way, even if one of your
employees loses a device, the data remains protected and available to
Do remember, however, that no facility is completely
failsafe. A fire at a cloud facility in Europe proved that last year.
But aside from rare, catastrophic events, cloud services offer much
greater cyber security than most businesses could hope to achieve on
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