quarter of the billions in revenue lost by American businesses each
year is stolen by employees. This is especially true for
small-to-medium sized businesses, which sometimes lack necessary security
measures and infrastructure needed to convince employees that the
risks of being caught outweigh the benefits of a little extra money.
A few things
you can do to halt employee theft in its tracks:
1. Do your homework before you hire. Check references, ask
questions and get feedback on each person you bring onto your team.
This is the best way to head off potential thieves.
2. Once you've
made the hire, use the buddy system to keep employees accountable. If
possible, there should never be a situation in which an employee
closes alone. Closing time is the best time for theft to occur.
3. Know your
employees as well as you can. If your company is too large for this,
then make sure your managers and supervisors know what warning signs
to watch: chronic lying, tendency to disregard corporate policy,
substance abuse, overspending, and resentment or a feeling that they
have been deprived of something.
4. If you
are in retail, set up strict limits for when and how one employee can
ring up another employee, and do not let employees ring up friends or
relatives. All the most significant cash transactions and deposits
should be made by you, or a trustworthy manager. If employees tend to
consume some of your products, such as food items, tell them to keep
the receipts all day long, ready to present at a moment's notice.
5. The most
effective method of prevention is a closed circuit video feed (CCTV),
which monitors employee transactions from open to close. With the
risk of being caught so high, employee theft becomes too dangerous to
Security Company Isn't A Security Company
When it comes
to home security systems, you never buy them off the
street. But scam artists across the country are sweet-talking and
hard-selling homeowners into doing just that. These scammers usually
work in the summertime, for disreputable out-of-state security
companies, or for themselves.
They show up
at your door and sell you a story: Your security company changed
names, so we need to convert your paperwork. Or... Your equipment is
out of date, and we're here to update it for you. Or... You need a
whole new system, and we've got one right here ready to go, at
wear shirts and hats printed with the logos of legitimate security companies, and the really tricky
part is that they actually do a bit of work for the pay you fork out.
Sometimes they remove your old equipment and install an inferior
system in its place. But usually they hard sell you into signing the
dotted line on a bogus security contract that will never net you any
protection at all.
hard to head this scam off. Just remember that a good security
company is registered with your state and can be checked on the
internet or in the phone book for accuracy. And any reps they send to
your home will have a verifiable ID that they would be happy to let
you check over the phone. If you live alone, never answer the door
for any security company you don't already have a relationship with,
and then only after you have checked that they sent someone.
Payments Present New Concerns
phone payments become an acceptable and commonplace practice all over
the world, experts wonder what it could mean for the security of the
users. They worry that as more and more customers send and receive
personal banking and spending information on their phones, the number
of criminals targeting that information will grow just as quickly.
So far, that
seems to be the case. NQ Mobile, a smart-phone security software company, said that in 2012 more than
65,000 new malware threats cropped up, as opposed to only 24,000 in
2011. Malware and bogus apps are generally created to siphon account
information or trick users into giving it freely.
you do to protect yourself and your financial privacy? NQ Mobile says
to keep your phone locked and password protected, so that no one can
use it if stolen or left on the cafe table. See what security
software is available on your phone, and use it. And don't put your
address or bank account numbers on your phone. With these tips in
mind, you can confidently join the mobile payment revolution.
AHEAD WITH A SPRING CLEANING
As we turned our clocks ahead, many of us smiled as we
thought about the shift into the spring and summer seasons.
Did your thoughts then turn to the dreaded Spring
Cleaning? Traditionally this is the time of year when we start to
think about giving everything a really thorough spring cleaning.
We understand, that many of
us find it hard to get motivated. If you are one of those people,
start by clearing out one closet, or one drawer. Take baby steps, don't make a long TO DO list that will be
difficult to conquer. Slowly move into larger projects like the
refrigerator, then the basement, or the garage. Toss everything that
no longer has a useful purpose.
Gather up clothing you don't wear, gifts you will
never use, old pots and pans, and assorted dishes that clutter up the
cupboards, books that you've read and will never read again, and give
them to charity. If it can be recycled, recycle it. If it can be
donated, donate it. Be ruthless in your effort to clear away the old
and bring new energy into your home.
Your personal environment mirrors your inner state.
Make sure you are living with the most radiant energy
Guest Article By S & G Cleaning Services. They
have been cleaning homes and offices throughout central New Jersey
since 1984. To contact them please call 908-722-9254.
ROCK & ROLL TRIVIA
What was the first rock song, longer than four
minutes, to land at number one on the charts?
A. "Hey, Jude"
B. "House of the Rising Sun"
C. "The Twist"
Can't Get No (Satisfaction)"
PREVIOUS MONTHS ROCK & ROLL TRIVIA
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most shocking plot twists in music history, The Beach Boys
A. The Beatles
B. Willie Nelson
C. Charles Manson*** (ANSWER)
D. Dolly Parton
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