business security

How to Prevent Inventory Loss in Your Business

How to prevent inventory loss in your business in Myrtle Beach

Theft Can Cripple Your Business!

Whether you own a restaurant, a retail store, an accountancy or any other business, if you have employees and customers, you can lose inventory. Not all loss can be accounted for. Not all loss can be prevented. However, theft on a larger scale is mostly preventable and that’s what this article is all about!

According to Loss Prevention Media one sure way to limit your losses is to remove the opportunity for malicious loss

Individuals typically consider four questions before embarking on an act of theft.

First, what is the risk of being caught?

Second, how easy will it be to carry out the act?

Third, is the likely reward worthwhile?

Four, if I do get caught, what is the likely punishment?

 

Once we have a better understanding of how and why theft takes place, we can go about putting systems in place to prevent theft from happening.

How To Stop Thieves from Stealing From Your Business!

How To Stop Thieves from Stealing From Your Business!

I would think you’d agree with me that preventing theft is better than catching a thief in the act.

Therefore the first tips deal with prevention:

  • Install surveillance cameras. Make sure these cameras are located strategically throughout your place of business and trained upon places where theft is most likely to take place (cash register, back room, front door). Often, just seeing these cameras in your place of business will deter a thief.
  • Install a security system. This system should be monitored during off hours as to keep the place of business secure while it’s closed.
  • Put up signs. In prominent places around the workplace, display signs with security cameras and/or security monitoring. Again, if a potential thief sees these signs, they are more likely to skip your establishment and go somewhere else to steal.
  • Train your employees. Sometime during the hiring process, talk about loss prevention and theft consequences. Make it clear there is a ‘no tolerance’ policy in place. In your newsletters and employees meetings, reiterate loss prevention techniques and tips and remind them of your surveillance cameras.
  • Hire a loss prevention consultant. If you are losing inventory at an alarming rate, hire someone to find out where and how your inventory is disappearing. It’s not always obvious how and where thieves strike.
  • Lock up! This might seem like an easy thing to do, but you’d be surprised how many business owners deal with (new) employees who forget to set the security alarm system at the end of the day or forget to lock up the business correctly after their shift.

The next tips deal with catching a thief in the act of stealing (in case your ‘warning signs’ didn’t work)

  • Hire a loss prevention specialist. This person should be tasked with watching surveillance video in real time and thus should be able to catch thieves and employees in the act of shoplifting. If you have a large business, you might need to hire a team of loss prevention specialists.
  • Electronically tag your products. Tag your (most expensive) products with electronic monitoring devices. Install gates at your exits to catch thieves.
  • Train your employees. Every employee should recognize the signs of a shoplifter or thief and should know all steps involved in catching the thief in the act. This requires yearly training on your part – making sure everyone is on the same page and know how to handle any situation.
  • Install panic buttons. In strategic places all throughout your place of business, install panic buttons for the safety of your employees and the security of your business.

Taking Action to Prevent Inventory Loss Will Save You Money!

Not all theft can be prevented.

Not all thieves can be caught.

However, having a clear plan in place on how to handle situations as they occur will help tremendously. Investing a bit of money into your business for a security system, surveillance cameras and loss prevention employees might in the end, save you money,  and time and lots of headaches along the way.

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

5 Reasons To Never Install A Security System

5 reasons to never install a security system in Myrtle Beach

Are You Wondering (and Researching) Whether You Need a Security System for Your Home or Business?

Stop. Wonder no more! Research no more!

You’ve found it! The answer to many of your questions and the place to ask more questions. We are right here in the Myrtle Beach area. We are local and we have the answers to your security questions!

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of 5 reasons you might have never thought of! These are 5 reasons you do NOT need a security system! How cool is that?

We know that many (new) home owners struggle with this issue – to install or not to install and we decided to make this easy on you. Just check off any of the reasons and if even just one applies, don’t get an alarm system for you home or business.


1) You Don’t Care About Your Stuff

Everything you own can be replaced, including your antiques and heirlooms. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve worked for it, or how much money you spent on it, or who gave it to you – you are perfectly willing to part with any and all items in your home. Whether you lose them because of a home invasion, a burglary or a fire, you are good!

2) You Love Working With Your Home Owners Insurance On Claims

You don’t mind dealing with your home owners insurance to try to replace stolen valuables and broken windows, locks and doors. You don’t mind having to pay your deductible out-of-pocket and you honestly don’t mind spending hours arguing with your insurance over claims.

3) You Carry A Weapon On You Everywhere, Including in Your Home

You have a concealed weapon’s permit and you carry your weapon on you at all times, wherever you go, even in your home. You carry it on you and even when you sleep it’s on your person. You have it loaded – ready to use even in the dark of night. You don’t need a security alarm to sound if an intruder where to enter your home. You sleep on one ear for the very reason!

4) You Trust Everyone Who Works for You

You trust every single employee you hire right from day one; you trust them with merchandise, your customers and your money. Without training your staff, you just know they will do right by you and your company. You also know they would never (unintentionally) leave a door or window unlocked when they lock up for the night because you know they care as much about your business as you do!

5) You Never Ever Go on Vacation or a Weekend Trip

You are home every night of every week of every year and you just never leave your home unattended at night. Why would you ever leave? You work from home so your home is never unattended. How cool is that? Grocery trips and shopping trips to the mall are short and sweet because you know, your home needs you!


5 reason to never install an alarm system

All craziness set aside…

You need a security system if you value your home, your business and your family!

Security systems do more than ‘alert you’ when your system is breached!

Monitored Security Systems

✓ Call for emergency services when you are incapacitated

✓ Call for emergency services in case of a fire
✓ Call for emergency services in case of carbon monoxide poisoning

✓ Alert the home owner when not home

✓ Alert the business owner when not at work

✓ Allow you to monitor your property via your smartphone

✓ Can turn your home into a Smart Home


  • Do you have questions?
  • Are you ready to get started?

Give Chuck a call today!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

5 Steps To Take When Choosing A Security Company to Help Protect Your Business

5 steps to take when choosing a security company for your business

Security Should Be a Business Necessity, Not a Luxury!

We know how much time, money, sweat an yes, tears it takes to start a business – we are business owners ourselves.

When creating your business plan, we are confident you created a working budget based upon projected sales and services rendered.

Whether you have a storefront, a large retail store, a restaurant or an industrial park location, security and safety should be high on your list of priorities – for yourself and your employees!

If we could wave a magic wand, we would grant EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS OWNER a state-of-the-art security system with cameras. From experience with working with many, many, many local Myrtle Beach and Maryland business owners, we know that security systems and cameras can help with staff turnover, theft prevention, training and much much more.

All of these issues cost money – so by having a security system in place, you can actually safe money!

When you are ready for a security system for your business, you’ll want to work with the best company!

Make sure the security company you are going to work with is

  • local
  • accessible and responsive
  • using the latest technology

Buyer Beware! 5 Steps to take when choosing a security company to help protect your business! Myrtle Beach Security.

Here are 5 Steps We Suggest You Take When Choosing A Security Company to Help Protect Your Business

(If you are already close to choosing a company, we suggest you do 3, 4 and 5 immediately!)

1. Check Services They Offer and Talk To Their Staff

If, when you call this company, you are being treated rudely, they are not the company to go with.

If, when you call this company, you can not get any answers via phone, they are not the company to go with.

If, when you call this company, they just want to sell, sell, sell, they are not the company to go with.

If, when you call this company, they do not offer the services you request but they want to sell you something you do not need, they are not the company to go with.

If, when you visit this company, you are treated with disrespect, they are not the company to go with.

If, when you visit this company, you find their showroom lacking and their staff disinterested in you, they are not the company to go with.

If, when you visit this company, you find staff lacking in knowledge, they are not the company to go with.

 

BUT… if you love what you hear when you call, if you like the responsiveness of their staff, if you like what they offer – you are on the right track!

2. Ask A Local Business Owner What Company They Use

There is no better ‘judge’ than a fellow business owner when it comes to selecting the right security company. Next time you network at the Chamber or any other networking event, ask around!

Make sure to ask specific questions like

  • How long did installation take?
  • How many people came to install your system?
  • How was the follow-up process?
  • Did you receive training on your product and system?
  • Are you still happy with this company and their customer service?
  • Did you get good value for your money?
  • Do you remember the name of the person who installed your system?

You’ll know by their answers whether you’d like to work with this company, too!

3. Check Their Online Presence, Including Online Reviews

Once you have a few names of security companies, check out their online presence.

[If they have no online presence at all – that’s a red flag!]

Check to see if they have a website, a blog, a Facebook Page and reviews on Facebook, Yelp, Google+ or anywhere else.

NOTE: Not every single online review has to be a positive, 5 star review. What you are looking for is a responsive company who takes customer service seriously, offline as well as online!

4. Contact The Better Business Bureau

When you are just about ready to go and sign a contract for services, place a call to the Better Business Bureau if possible. It can’t hurt and sometimes it helps prevent you from making a huge mistake!

5. Visit Their Location

Last but not least, a lot of information can be gained from driving to (or by) the location of the security company you want to work with!

  • Does this company have a sign outside?
  • Do they have branded work trucks with their logo?
  • Does the property look nice and inviting?
  • Does this security company have a showroom?

If all the answers are YES – you are most likely dealing with a reputable and established security business!

Come Check Us Out!

If you are local to Maryland or the Grand Strand/Myrtle beach area and in need of a security system for your business (or home), we invite you to come meet us, talk to us and work with us!

Contact Strand Security today

When it Comes to Shoplifting, is Your Retail Store at Risk?

Protecting Assets in Your Retail Store

When it comes to shoplifting, is your retail store at risk?

Retail theft may have a severe impact on your business! According to The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention more than $35 million worth of product is stolen from retail stores everyday.  This number is astronomical.  That is why it is important to stay aware and be prepared to stop the theft from happening in the first place.  Here at Strand Security we want to make sure our local Myrtle Beach and Maryland businesses know what it takes to win this battle. The following statistics will hopefully open your eyes; we believe every retail owner would want to know everything we are about to share with you.  

 

Don’t be a Statistic, Protect Your Assets!

  • Over $13 billion worth of goods are stolen from retailers each year.
  • Approximately 27 million shoplifters are in our nation today.
  • Employees steal more than the customers.
  • Only 3 percent of shoplifters are professionals. Shoplifting is not usually planned out.
  • Shoplifting can account for about a third of inventory shrinkage.

 

Protect your Assets by Knowing the Profile of a Shoplifter

There is no actual physical profile of a typical shoplifter. They come in all ages and genders, sizes and shapes, and all ethnicities. Shoplifters steal for many different reasons; some steal out of necessity, some out of peer pressure, desire, and some because it may be a business transaction.  

Although you may not be able to pinpoint a shoplifter by their physical appearance, here are some traits and signs to look for in a potential shoplifter…

  • Appear nervous
  • Wanders the store without buying
  • Returns to the store repeatedly
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Constant watch over store employees

 

Once you understands the signs, you can now train your employee’s in general shoplifting prevention techniques.

Have your staff

  • Greet all customers.
  • Stay alert.
  • Ask lingering customers if they need help.  
  • Be aware of where shoplifting is most likely to occur in the store.

 

Protect Your Assets by Reducing Employee Theft

It is unfortunate that when we hire people we think we can trust, that trust gets broken. Employee theft plays a large role in retail loss.  The following ideas and solutions will help prevent or at least, reduce in house theft.

  • Make periodic unannounced visits to your retail store.
  • Spot-check inventory and cash registers.  
  • Use a POS system (inventory-tracking system) that tracks inventory automatically.
  • Train employees on theft prevention, both employee theft and shoplifting.  Let the employees know the company is prepared to detect either.
  • Encourage anonymous tips.

When it comes to shoplifting, is your retail store at risk?

Protect Your Assets and Prevent Shoplifting

  1. Hire Secret Shoppers that blend in with other shoppers.  
  2. Video surveillance cameras.  Place cameras at all entrances, cash registers, and throughout the store.  You can’t put cameras inside to the dressing rooms, but you can put them just outside.  If security systems are put in place, you will protect your investment, your employees, customers and your overall sense of well-being.
  3. Electronic Article Surveillance is a method that attaches special tags (security tags) to the merchandise.  If merchandise exists the store without being removed by a store associate, an alarm will sound.
  4. Maximize Visibility by using mirrors to eliminate any blind spots.  Also, use shorter cases to make sure merchandise is completely visible.  Keep your shop tidy and neat, so at one glance you can tell if something is missing or out of place.
  5. Limit access to display cases and dressing rooms by locking them.  This requires associates to be present when opened.
  6. Implement a bag check policy, which does not allow customers to bring bags into the dressing room area.  
  7. Create a shoplifting policy and post that policy publicly. Post signs with statements such as “SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE PROSECUTED”.

Don’t let shoplifting have a negative impact on your business!  

 

How Safe and Secure Are Your Home and Business?

How Safe and Secure are your Home and Business?

Safety First

Where have you heard this phrase ‘Safety First’? We think it’s everywhere. At schools, day camps, day care, at work…

How about your home? Is your home ‘safe’? 

Did you know that many accidents happen at home? Did you think that home is safest place for babies, toddlers, kids and adults alike?

Think again!

“Did you know that more than 18,000 Americans die every year from injuries that take place in the home? This makes it the second most common location for such fatalities. Why are home injuries so prevalent? Most Americans are unaware that they are able to prevent such accidents.”  via A Secure Life

 

Prevention starts with identifying the dangers, then improving those hazards, as well as monitoring what’s going on while you aren’t there (keeping an eye on teens, babysitters, older adults and pets!)

Accidents in the Workplace

The same way you might have thought that home is a safe place, many people assume that they are safe at work. Work-related injuries are prevalent however. Here is a list of the top 10 most common workplace injuries!  Preventing work injuries will always be a two way street for both employers and employees.

How Safe and Secure Are Your Home and Business?

There are many ways you can prevent injuries at home and at your place of business.

We found this helpful article about How a Remote Security Camera System Can Help Your Business. They include the following three reasons security cameras can help keep your business secure.

Security Cameras will

✔ Prevent theft and break-ins
✔ Improve employee performance
✔ Ensure employee safety
In one of our own articles we read that security cameras can

 

✔ Monitor Staff

✔ Monitor Customers

✔ Monitor Property

thus adding to that layer of protection for your staff!

Home Sweet Home

Whether you protect yourself, your staff and your loved ones with a security system and security cameras, or not, all comes down to your level of comfort as well as your pocketbook!

We’re always happy to speak with you regarding your options.

Be safe, not sorry!

For a handy security checklist for first-time homeowners, click here

Contact Strand Security today