Reducing small business losses from staff theft

    Most people, if they think about the losses that a retail small business faces, they tend to think about shoplifting. In contrast the Global Retail Theft Barometer, an international study, shows that for the 2014-15 period in the US, employee theft, at 45% was the number one cause of retail shrinkage, with shoplifting second at 36%.

    Employee theft impacts on your bottom line, so putting in place a few simple retail loss prevention measures can quickly pay-off.

    Employee theft impacts on your bottom line, so putting in place a few simple retail loss prevention measures can quickly pay-off.

    So if you are a small business owner who works hard to reduce shoplifting, do you know what to look out for when it comes to staff stealing, and what can you do to stop it becoming a problem?

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    Battery powered cameras or wired cameras?

    There are pros and cons to both battery powered and cable powered security cameras.

    There are pros and cons to both battery powered and cable powered security cameras.

    The camera based security system industry, and the users of these systems tend to be divided on one major issue, namely how the cameras are powered.

    So what are the relative pros and cons of battery powered security cameras compared to their plug in cousins, in which situations do one makes sense over the other and what pitfalls are there to look out for?

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    Security cameras for fast-food outlets, cafés and restaurants

    You don’t often hear cappuccino and security camera in the same sentence, but when you run a business that serves some of the best coffee in town and you want to make sure you protect your business, your staff and your customers, they kind of go together!

    We love their Eggs Benedict, they love our camera security system. We're both happy!

    CleverLoop provides security for small-business owners working across surprisingly wide variety of sectors. But food hospitality in particular has a lot of CleverLoop users, with restaurants, cafés and fast food joints all using CleverLoop video camera security systems to good effect.

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    Catching vehicle license plates at night.

    One question that we get on a fairly regular basis is “can a CleverLoop security camera system get usable footage of vehicle license plates at night?”.

    The simple and honest answer is sort of, but not with any great reliability, but as with many things, the issue isn’t straightforward.

    Image of the back of a car with the brake lights on. The number plate is clearly visible.

    So why is getting footage of a license plate so difficult, and what can you do to maximise your chances of getting useful footage of vehicles that might enter your property?

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    Home security over the festive season

    Cleverloop Camera Security Systems - Keeping your home secure this holiday season.

    Cleverloop Camera Security Systems – Keeping your home secure this holiday season.

    The festive season is a tempting time for burglars. Money is tight for many, houses are full of presents, toys and new electronic devices, and most obviously, lots of people are away from home on holiday for a week or two.

    So what can you do to boost your home security and minimise the chance of becoming a burglary statistic over this time?

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    Keeping outdoor cameras safe

    A question that we sometimes get asked here at CleverLoop is: “how do you prevent people stealing outdoor security cameras?”

    The first point to note is that opportunistic thieves look for items that are easy to steal, and also easy to sell for cash. Outdoor cameras for security systems don’t really meet either criteria, which is borne out by how few we have ever heard of being stolen.

    The second point is that if you do have an outdoor camera stolen, it may just be mindless vandalism, or it may be someone trying to make a property easier to break into. Although the former is annoying and well worth trying to prevent, if you think you might be at risk of  the latter, then it is important to configure your security camera network to counter any threat

    So what can you do to make the cameras less of a target?

    Very few home or small business cameras need protection as serious as a cage.

    Very few home or small business cameras need protection as serious as a cage.

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