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Organized Retail Crimes Increase


On November 30, 2016 By admin

The National Retail Federation came up with the 12th Organized Retail Crime survey this year, and results show that there is an increase in organized retail crime. 59 senior retail loss executives were surveyed this year, representing groceries, drugstores, mass markets, discount stores, and other retailers.

The entire group of respondents believe that they have been victimized by organized retail crime. This is an increase from last year’s 97 percent.

Eighty-three percent further believe that there has been an increase in organized retail crime these past 12 months. Last year, there was an average loss of $453, 940 per $1-billion sales. But this year, there is an increase in losses, averaging at $700,259 per $1-billion sales.

How Organized Retail Crimes are done by ORC Gangs

Sixty-three percent of the loss prevention executives surveyed said that they were able to recover merchandise from physical locations. It is noted that organized retail crime gangs often make use of storefronts, pawnshops, flea markets, and kiosks in fencing stolen merchandise.

On the other hand, 58 percent of the respondents said that they were able to trace stolen goods done on e-fencing operations. ORC gangs are using the anonymity that the Internet offers in an attempt to make covet misconducts.

Manipulation of store return policies are also being done by organized retail criminals. 68 percent of the loss prevention managers said that they have experience criminals returning stolen merchandise in exchange of store credits.

A big chunk of organized retail crimes is cargo theft, marked by 44 percent in the survey – higher than the 38 percent last year. Cargo theft is said to be most prevalent when the merchandise is in transit from manufacturer to retailer, or warehouse to store. On-site theft at the warehouse is also quite prevalent.

ORC is most prevalent in Los Angeles this year. This has been the case since 2012. Los Angeles is followed in order by New York City, Chicago, Miami, Houston, San Francisco/Oakland, Arlington/Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Orange County, California.

How ORC is being dealt with

Seventy-one percent of the respondents now believe that their companies’ top management now understands the severity and complexity of organized retail crimes, higher than the 63 percent in 2015.

Last year, 30 states have already enacted ORC laws. This year, four new states are added to the list: New Mexico, Oregon, New York, and Vermont. However, 56 percent of the respondents report that they see no increase in support from law enforcement agencies – this being the highest score in the 12 years of the ORC survey.

The senior loss prevention executives that have been surveyed are in hopes for a federal organized retail crime law, as marked by the 79.7 percent who answered.

About NRF

The National Retail Federation world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation.

NRF seeks to advance the interests of the retail industry through advocacy, communication, and education.

Related article: Why is a Surveillance System a must-have for any Retail Store?

 

 

References:

http://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/87518-retailers-see-increase-in-organized-retail-crime

https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/retailers-see-increase-organized-retail-crime

https://nrf.com/who-we-are/our-mission

America’s Most Stolen Cars


On November 23, 2016 By admin

Did you know that, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), in 2015 alone there were over 50,000 stolen 1996 Honda Accords reported in the US? In fact, according to the NICB, the top 10 most stolen vehicles in the US during the year of 2015 are as follows:

  1. 1996 Honda Accord
  2. 1998 Honda Civic
  3. 2006 Ford Pickup
  4. 2004 Chevrolet Pickup (Full size)
  5. 2014 Toyota Camry
  6. 2001 Dodge Pickup (Full size)
  7. 2014 Toyota Corolla
  8. 2015 Nissan Altima
  9. 2002 Dodge Caravan
  10. 2008 Chevrolet Impala

The stealing of vehicles from car lots, homes, and other locations across the US is a problem that affects thousands of businesses and families every single year. But just because the car that you drive was not mentioned on the list above, don’t make the mistake of assuming that your home or business is completely safe from being targeted by car thieves!

Many people are also surprised when they learn that it’s not just older model vehicles that are targeted by car thieves, as technology, while it has improved vastly over the last decade, still does not prevent every single car theft. The good news though is that there are always ways in which you can dramatically reduce the chances of your car being stolen, especially when it comes to protecting your car dealership or car lot.

Security and surveillance solutions for automotive dealerships provided by CalAtlantic will increase the overall control and oversight you have over your car lot. In addition, CalAtlantic’s surveillance solutions for car dealerships will improve the safety and security of the customers, employees, and cars at your automotive dealership. Car thieves and large criminal operations will often target car dealerships, both big and small in size, if they detect a lax sense of surveillance and little to no security system. Certain car lots and auto dealers across the country have even had several vehicles stolen at a time, only later to apprehend the suspects because the surveillance system installed within the business had captured the event on CCTV, giving law enforcement the necessary information and evidence to arrest the car thieves.

So how can CalAtlantic’s product options help your car lot or dealership protect your clients and your cars?

-Protect your business from all angles: When it comes to car thieves and either preventing them from stealing cars or catching them after the fact, there are several security focus points that need emphasis. CalAtlantic’s comprehensive security systems and solutions are designed to capture vital information at every point of the business exchange, with HD cameras, strategic placement of those cameras, and advanced video analytics.

-KeyTraxs Automotive: CalAtlantic’s KeyTraxs Automotive technology allows you far greater control and increased avenues for oversight in terms of who is allowed in the building, in what areas of the building, at what times, etc. Technology like this is what helps to prevent car thefts from happening in the future by tightening up all potential areas for security mishaps or overlooks.

-AutoTraxs Automotive: This product option from CalAtlantic completely changes the way you maintain the up to date status of all the cars on you lot, giving you the ability to track each individual car and customize your knowledge of it’s whereabouts and status.

So why wait? Your customers are too important to jeopardize with mediocre security and surveillance, especially given how easy it can be for some thieves to steal a car if it’s not protected! Give CalAtlantic a call today!

Selecting the Right Surveillance for your School


On November 15, 2016 By admin

Schools used to be some of the safest places in our towns. Schools are where parents and guardians can fully entrust the well-being of their child as they work all day. Not only are schools a place of learning, schools also serve as second homes for students.

However, nowadays, schools are becoming venues of horrendous activities. Students’ well-being, even their lives, are put in danger.

It is therefore vital for schools to employ security measures to increase the level of safety that it provides to its students, teachers, and other staff.

Surveillance Systems: The Basic Security System for Schools

Above all security systems, schools should have trustworthy surveillance systems.

Surveillance systems serve as the eyes all around the campus. Teachers, cannot keep an eye on all corners of the school at all times. Not even security guards can do that. With the help of surveillance systems, you are able to monitor what is going on in the hallways, entrances, fire exits, in the cafeteria, in the gym, and anywhere else school personnel is not present.

Furthermore, schools have the opportunity to give monitoring access to local police for enhanced security. With the local law enforcement around to keep you safe, you are sure to be protected during emergencies.

With the right surveillance system, you are able to monitor what is going on within the vicinity of your school. Should there be suspicious activities, you would be aware of it so you can act on it right away!

What School Surveillance Systems should be

Much emphasis is given to the word trustworthy in saying that schools should have trustworthy surveillance systems. To keep security intact, schools should not just get any surveillance system but those that do have the ability to ensure security.

A trustworthy surveillance system should have the following:

  1. High video quality

Schools should not settle for surveillance systems that capture low-quality videos. What use would having a surveillance system be if the recording cannot be clearly viewed?

  1. Good storage capacity

Surveillance systems should be working round-the-clock. You should have decent storage for your recordings. Merely overwriting the previous day’s recording is not efficient. Consider high-capacity DVRs or NVRs. We highly recommend IP surveillance systems especially when working together with the local police department.

  1. Controlled by high-performing security systems

 Your cameras should not be working individually. It should be working on a security network that enables easy control. Some security systems are simply more efficient than others so always consider that when looking for surveillance systems.

CalAtlantic has the Trustworthy Surveillance Systems you are looking for

Look no further! If you are looking for a surveillance system that can perform to your expectations, CalAtlantic has it! CalAtlantic’s surveillance systems are some of the best that you will come across. Our systems can truly help enhance the security in schools.

To help protect your school with a trustworthy surveillance system, call CalAtlantic today!

Focus Areas for Car Dealerships


On November 14, 2016 By admin

When it comes to running a successful car dealership the areas of service and sales are paramount, but the issues of surveillance and security are just as important if you want to maintain the best interests of your customers, employees, and clients.

Car dealerships are uniquely vulnerable to threats related to theft, crime, and fraud and as such, a car dealership requires special protection in terms of surveillance and security. Think about all of the interactions and potential transactions that take place every day on the premises of your car dealership, and consider just how susceptible that makes you and your business to loss and theft!

But what are some of the areas on which you should be focusing your attention, and how can a comprehensive video surveillance system help to make sure these areas are protected from the common threats facing car dealerships today? To answer this question, we have compiled a list of 6 focus areas for car dealerships to focus on when it comes to surveillance and security.

Focus Area Number One: The Vehicles

Perhaps nothing is more vulnerable on the premises of a car dealership than the cars themselves, mostly due to how valuable this particular inventory is and thus that much more appealing to thieves and crime rings. The ability to monitor and improve the security of the cars of your dealership remotely, and for all hours of the day, is one of the most valuable ways in which a video surveillance system can make your car dealership a safer and more protected company.

Focus Area Number Two: The Parts and Inventory

While most of your employees and the delivery personnel are no doubted trustworthy people, you must protect the valuable materials in areas like the storage room, the parts room, etc, with the strategic placement of IP cameras. Car dealerships are especially weak at these areas because thieves think it’s easier to steal from a group of items stored together, rather than an individual item out in the open. It’s a good rule of thumb to have cameras placed at every area where inventory or parts are stocked.

Focus Areas Number Three: Monitor The Behavior and Efficiency of Your Employees

Believe it or not, there are several reasons why the manager or owner of a car dealership would benefit from being able to monitor the day to day behavior of their employees, some of which are: checking their efficiency and sales ability, making sure they are not committing time fraud or stealing, and using the footage as a teaching tool when training employees. Car dealerships also must make sure that all of their employees adhere to strict safety standards, something that can also be monitored and improved with the use of video surveillance.

Focus Area Number Four: The Customers

Similar to the reasons why your car dealership can benefit from having footage of their employees, monitoring the behavior and trends of the customer is also vital in terms of maintaining a strong relationship with the customer base. You would be surprised by how much information you can surmise through the use of video analytics, specifically as it applies to learning more about the people you do business with. More importantly, though, video surveillance must focus on the safety and well-being of your customers while they are in your car dealership.

Focus Area Number Five: Deliveries

As previously alluded to, since car dealerships frequently deal with inventory and parts deliveries throughout the sales day and even after business hours, it is absolutely imperative to be able to see what goes on during those delivery transactions, both for the protection of your business and for the safety of your employees. The best thing about having your car dealership equipped with high definition surveillance cameras as it relates to monitoring deliveries is that you can see remotely what is going on live as it is happening even when you are not on the premises.

Focus Area Number Six: Monitor The Physical Conditions in and around Your Car Dealership

It’s hard to overstate just how big of a problem insurance scams can be for car dealerships, and nothing helps more to eliminate this problem than the strategic placement and use of security and video surveillance systems. By keeping a documented record of any and every interaction and event that goes on at your car dealership, a surveillance system will protect your business from potential insurance scams.

 

Auto Dealership Surveillance Risks


On November 7, 2016 By admin

Video surveillance might not be the best option for every business, but it certainly does provide significant benefits for car auto dealerships and garages. Because of the high value of their inventory and susceptibility to theft, auto dealerships need to take extra precautions to increase security.

Well-placed auto dealership surveillance cameras will help prevent theft, track customers and visitors, and protect buildings and employees.

The service manager of BMW of Catonsville, Jeff Sterry, now uses surveillance cameras as a defensive tool. He noticed that many customers were reporting damage to their cars that they brought in for service. It was costing his dealership about $3,000-$4,000 a month to repair damage that typically was not caused by his service department. Once Sterry installed video surveillance he used it as insurance to check the recordings whenever damage was reported. This practice has saved the dealership about $20,000-$30,000 a year in damage costs.

While video surveillance does provide great security at auto dealerships, there are serious risks involved that need to be considered.

Privacy

This is a serious matter to consider when placing any form of video surveillance. Be sure that you only capture footage in public areas like parking lots, lobbies or showrooms. Any area that an individual could have a reasonable expectation of privacy such as a bathroom or break room needs to be kept private.

Select states have laws requiring surveillance signs be posted if there are cameras in use. Even with sign posting, good privacy practices should still be taken seriously. The communication that there are cameras in use does not remove liability from the dealership in the case of invasion of privacy. However, the signs alone sometimes prevent criminal or unwanted activity.

Damage

Cameras monitoring outdoor locations are susceptible to damage from weather, as is outdoor inventory. A damaged camera can lead to interruptions in recordings and potentially expensive repair costs.

A good practice to avoid camera weather damage is to place outdoor cameras in a protective housing designed specifically to shield the camera while not interrupting the video stream. These protective housings can also protect from intentional damage thieves might try to cause.

Over Reliance

Video surveillance should be treated as an extra precaution and never as a sole security method. The cameras are effective, but as we have discussed, they are susceptible to risks. Especially for dealerships and garages that are protecting millions of dollars worth of inventory, every security procedure should have a backup, just in case one method fails or malfunctions.

The safe option to ensure you don’t over rely on your video surveillance is to have twenty-four-hour security guards survey the property when possible. If that is not a viable option for your location, at least a part-time security guard will be beneficial. Also, car alarms should always be on and ready to defend a vehicle that is being broken into.

These risks are important to consider and prevent further problems when installing video surveillance at an auto dealership or garage. Give CalAtlantic a call to find out how we can help you find solutions for your auto dealership surveillance questions.

Resources: Hidden cameras save dealership thousands