Pre-Employment Screening

Employee Background Checks Are A Buffer To Employee Theft

 

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Employee Background Checks Are A Buffer To Employee Theft
     Employee background checks are much like the safety features in a car. This occurred to me the other day after I had stopped to render assistance at the scene of a head on collision. A car had crossed the median and plowed into the front of a car that had been travelling in the opposite direction. By the look of the accident scene the incident had taken place just moments before I drove up. I pulled over, got out and began checking on the victims. Two other passersby got out to assist as well. The victim who had been hit was in pain but had only minor visible cuts on his person. I did notice his airbag had deployed. As I looked at the amount of damage I can only believe the airbag and other safety features prevented more severe injuries or even death to driver I was helping. Pre-employment screening is like a safety feature in a car. You don’t necessarily realize how important it is until something takes place that makes you realize what could have happened without them.
     A retail business is susceptible to internal theft and that can do significant damage to a business. When I was a Loss Prevention Manager I closed out at least 100 employee theft cases but the majority of those resulted in less the $1,000 worth of known or admitted theft per incident. In most situations I identified the theft fairly early on from the start of the employee’s start date. I would attribute this to the fact our company could afford to have Loss Prevention Managers and Associates in our stores. I will also say that Pre-employment screening and drug screening played a big part in keeping these numbers as low as they were. The screenings are like the unseen safety features of a car. Have them in place and they will protect you from serious damage should something go wrong. Notice that safety features don’t necessarily prevent accidents from happening but they do minimize damage to the occupants of a vehicle should one occur. 
     Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. (LPSI) is one company that can conduct comprehensive employee background checks on potential future hires for you. They have a wide range of research options an employer can request before a new person hired onto a team. Most people think of criminal background checks when they think of pre-employment screenings but there are more things that can be covered. Some of the things LPSI can dig into are driving records in case the applicant will be driving a company-owned vehicle. They can verify educational information if the employer requires a specific level of education. Sometimes people with checkered pasts move around frequently to try to hide their activity. LPSI can look into that information and validate prior addresses. There may be hidden dangers lurking in a job candidate’s past and LPSI provides the safety mechanism to help keep your business safe.
     Let’s not overlook the hidden dangers of hiring someone who uses illegal drugs and seeks a job in a retail store. Side note; I am also including marijuana in this category. Though it may be ‘legal’ in some states, it is not legal as far as the federal government is concerned. I am also of the personal opinion that it can still cause liability issues for a retailer as much as an employee intoxicated by alcohol can be for a store owner. These applicants may choose to steal to support their habit. They may cause accidents or injure themselves while working costing employers significant amounts of money in lost work time, payment for damages or injuries and potentially lawsuits. Screening applicants before allowing them to start work may slow the hiring process a bit but the benefits to the employer are immeasurable.
     I hope that the airbags in your car will never have to deploy. However should an accident take place these hidden safety features may save you from severe injury or death. In a similar manner employee background checks and drug screening can proactively keep your business safe even if you don’t see them in action. You try to hire the right people with applicant screening questions and interviews and pre-employment screening adds another level of safety. The chances of hiring a dishonest worker are significantly reduced when you have them in place. It is also important to know that should one bad character get past your screening LPSI can also do dishonest employee investigations to get you back on track again quickly limiting your injury from losses the associate may cause.
For more information on employee background checks contact us or call 1.866.914.2567

Employee background checks are much like the safety features in a car. This occurred to me the other day after I had stopped to render assistance at the scene of a head on collision. A car had crossed the median and plowed into the front of a car that had been travelling in the opposite direction. By the look of the accident scene the incident had taken place just moments before I drove up. I pulled over, got out and began checking on the victims. Two other passersby got out to assist as well. The victim who had been hit was in pain but had only minor visible cuts on his person. I did notice his airbag had deployed. As I looked at the amount of damage I can only believe the airbag and other safety features prevented more severe injuries or even death to driver I was helping. Pre-employment screening is like a safety feature in a car. You don’t necessarily realize how important it is until something takes place that makes you realize what could have happened without them.

A retail business is susceptible to internal theft and that can do significant damage to a business. When I was a Loss Prevention Manager I closed out at least 100 employee theft cases but the majority of those resulted in less the $1,000 worth of known or admitted theft per incident. In most situations I identified the theft fairly early on from the start of the employee’s start date. I would attribute this to the fact our company could afford to have Loss Prevention Managers and Associates in our stores. I will also say that Pre-employment screening and drug screening played a big part in keeping these numbers as low as they were. The screenings are like the unseen safety features of a car. Have them in place and they will protect you from serious damage should something go wrong. Notice that safety features don’t necessarily prevent accidents from happening but they do minimize damage to the occupants of a vehicle should one occur. 

Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. (LPSI) is one company that can conduct comprehensive employee background checks on potential future hires for you. They have a wide range of research options an employer can request before a new person hired onto a team. Most people think of criminal background checks when they think of pre-employment screenings but there are more things that can be covered. Some of the things LPSI can dig into are driving records in case the applicant will be driving a company-owned vehicle. They can verify educational information if the employer requires a specific level of education. Sometimes people with checkered pasts move around frequently to try to hide their activity. LPSI can look into that information and validate prior addresses. There may be hidden dangers lurking in a job candidate’s past and LPSI provides the safety mechanism to help keep your business safe.

Let’s not overlook the hidden dangers of hiring someone who uses illegal drugs and seeks a job in a retail store. Side note; I am also including marijuana in this category. Though it may be ‘legal’ in some states, it is not legal as far as the federal government is concerned. I am also of the personal opinion that it can still cause liability issues for a retailer as much as an employee intoxicated by alcohol can be for a store owner. These applicants may choose to steal to support their habit. They may cause accidents or injure themselves while working costing employers significant amounts of money in lost work time, payment for damages or injuries and potentially lawsuits. Screening applicants before allowing them to start work may slow the hiring process a bit but the benefits to the employer are immeasurable.

I hope that the airbags in your car will never have to deploy. However should an accident take place these hidden safety features may save you from severe injury or death. In a similar manner employee background checks and drug screening can proactively keep your business safe even if you don’t see them in action. You try to hire the right people with applicant screening questions and interviews and pre-employment screening adds another level of safety. The chances of hiring a dishonest worker are significantly reduced when you have them in place. It is also important to know that should one bad character get past your screening LPSI can also do dishonest employee investigations to get you back on track again quickly limiting your injury from losses the associate may cause.

 

For more information on employee background checks contact us or call 1.866.914.2567

 

 

How To Stop Shoplifting and Shortage – A Brief Conversation With Bill Bregar


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How To Stop Shoplifting and Shortage – A Brief Conversation With Bill Bregar

     I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the founder of Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. and in the course of our discussion I was able to learn his philosophy on the use of Sensormatic tags in a store. I have written on my own opinions based on my years of Loss Prevention and retail management experience but getting Bill Bregar’s opinion was interesting. He and I have similar experiences from the military and Loss Prevention but while I moved no higher than a store level Loss Prevention Manager, Bill was at the upper echelons of retail as a National Director for Loss Prevention Departments for major retail chains. He has also been consulting with retail owners for many years helping them improve their financial numbers through theft and shortage reduction. His solution to shortage reduction is a balanced approach: stop shoplifting with Sensormatic systems, train managers and their teams on how to identify and stop theft safely and effectively and the use of background checks and drug screenings.

     So what might a balanced approach to shortage reduction look like for you, the store owner?
First a shortage prevention strategy should include an electronic article surveillance system and Sensormatic tags. As I spoke with Bill I was impressed that he doesn’t approach this aspect of a strategy with a “tag everything in the store focus”. Bill helps his clients focus on what is going to give the most bang for the buck. While I have always thought that as much as possible should be tagged, his approach in many cases is to focus on the 20% of the merchandise that causes 80% of the losses. What I really appreciated and I am certain Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. customers appreciate is that there is not a push to sell customers more tags than they need. If a business can grow or the need arises more tags can always be purchased.
Some may argue that theft prevention begins at the personnel level. The employees a store manager hires can create more theft problems than a shoplifter for a store. They have full access to the store and can steal in many different ways. To prevent this from happening, a store should be conducting pre-employment screenings. Mr. Bregar told me that there are companies out there that will promise they will do nationwide background checks but as a former law enforcement officer he is aware that these are fake promises. Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. puts the time and effort into the background checks they conduct. These checks may be criminal histories based on state searches or county searches. The check may include sex offender registries, education checks, driving records and more. When a store owner has Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. conduct their background checks they are assured there won’t be any shortcuts taken in the research of their applicant’s history.
In the same vein as background checks, pre-employment drug screening is an important part of Bill’s theft prevention strategy. Workers with drug addictions may resort to theft to support a habit. These employees will also help friends steal by alerting them to opportunities they may see by texting or calling. The employee may also help assist in shoplifting by passing merchandise through a register without ringing it up for friends in exchange for drugs. Employers can stop shoplifting aided by employees and employee theft by weeding out problems before they happen. Drug screening is a useful tool in Bill’s shortage prevention toolbox.
One more important piece in the shortage prevention strategy for a store is training. Whether it is training on tag placement, responding to an electronic article surveillance alarm or how to stop shoplifting, Bill knows how critical training is to any theft prevention program.
The biggest take-away I had following my conversation with Mr. Bregar is his focus on the importance of service and integrity in serving Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. clients.

     Sensormatic tags and systems are a key component of any Loss Prevention program and Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. can help get a store set up with what that particular store needs. An effective program is going to be one that incorporates multiple factors that impact theft and shortage. After my conversation with Bill Bregar I am more convinced than ever that Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. is your best resource for helping you reduce shrink and grow your profits.
Get more information on Sensormatic tags, contact us or call 1.866.914.2567 today. 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the founder of Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. and in the course of our discussion I was able to learn his philosophy on the use of Sensormatic tags in a store. I have written on my own opinions based on my years of Loss Prevention and retail management experience but getting Bill Bregar’s opinion was interesting. He and I have similar experiences from the military and Loss Prevention but while I moved no higher than a store level Loss Prevention Manager, Bill was at the upper echelons of retail as a National Director for Loss Prevention Departments for major retail chains. He has also been consulting with retail owners for many years helping them improve their financial numbers through theft and shortage reduction. His solution to shortage reduction is a balanced approach: stop shoplifting with Sensormatic systems, train managers and their teams on how to identify and stop theft safely and effectively and the use of background checks and drug screenings.
     

So what might a balanced approach to shortage reduction look like for you, the store owner?

First a shortage prevention strategy should include an electronic article surveillance system and Sensormatic tags. As I spoke with Bill I was impressed that he doesn’t approach this aspect of a strategy with a “tag everything in the store focus”. Bill helps his clients focus on what is going to give the most bang for the buck. While I have always thought that as much as possible should be tagged, his approach in many cases is to focus on the 20% of the merchandise that causes 80% of the losses. What I really appreciated and I am certain Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. customers appreciate is that there is not a push to sell customers more tags than they need. If a business can grow or the need arises more tags can always be purchased.

Some may argue that theft prevention begins at the personnel level. The employees a store manager hires can create more theft problems than a shoplifter for a store. They have full access to the store and can steal in many different ways. To prevent this from happening, a store should be conducting pre-employment screenings. Mr. Bregar told me that there are companies out there that will promise they will do nationwide background checks but as a former law enforcement officer he is aware that these are fake promises. Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. puts the time and effort into the background checks they conduct. These checks may be criminal histories based on state searches or county searches. The check may include sex offender registries, education checks, driving records and more. When a store owner has Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. conduct their background checks they are assured there won’t be any shortcuts taken in the research of their applicant’s history.

In the same vein as background checks, pre-employment drug screening is an important part of Bill’s theft prevention strategy. Workers with drug addictions may resort to theft to support a habit. These employees will also help friends steal by alerting them to opportunities they may see by texting or calling. The employee may also help assist in shoplifting by passing merchandise through a register without ringing it up for friends in exchange for drugs. Employers can stop shoplifting aided by employees and employee theft by weeding out problems before they happen. Drug screening is a useful tool in Bill’s shortage prevention toolbox.

One more important piece in the shortage prevention strategy for a store is training. Whether it is training on tag placement, responding to an electronic article surveillance alarm or how to stop shoplifting, Bill knows how critical training is to any theft prevention program.

The biggest take-away I had following my conversation with Mr. Bregar is his focus on the importance of service and integrity in serving Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. clients.
     

Sensormatic tags and systems are a key component of any Loss Prevention program and Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. can help get a store set up with what that particular store needs. An effective program is going to be one that incorporates multiple factors that impact theft and shortage. After my conversation with Bill Bregar I am more convinced than ever that Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. is your best resource for helping you reduce shrink and grow your profits.

 

Get more information on Sensormatic tags, contact us or call 1.866.914.2567 today. 

 

Let An Applicant Management Center Uncover Hidden Problems For You

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Let An Applicant Management Center Uncover Hidden Problems For You.

     Pre-employment screening can assist store owners in identifying hidden problems that could cause major problems for a business down the road. I thought about this today as I am getting a used car my son purchased fixed up for him. My mechanic had located this car, gave it a test drive and told me that for the $900 we would pay for it we would be getting a great deal. There were a few concerns with how it was idling but he believed for another $500 he could get it running smoothly. $1400 for a car that would get my son to his new job for a couple of years is a bargain, no car payments to make. I purchased parts the mechanic said would be needed and delivered them to him. Later in the afternoon I got a call that there may be a different issue to fix. As he had dug into the engine he found that someone had done some home-made repairs that were possibly the cause of the symptoms he had thought were causing the rough idling. I had to spend another $170 on additional parts (I am waiting to see if these parts fix the issue and I can return the other parts I bought). The thing about this is hidden problems were masked until the mechanic dug into the motor to identify where the true fix needed to be made. I may be paying a few hundred additional dollars and I should have a reliable vehicle. Store owners that hire someone with a checkered past may pay a much higher price for those underlying issues. An applicant management center can help prevent hiring mistakes.

     Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. (LPSI) can be your car mechanic so to speak. They can conduct pre-employment screening for employers that truly look past the surface information of an applicant to uncover information that could be hidden from you. Is an applicant lying about a criminal past or a job history? Maybe the job you need filled requires a certain level of educational there are applicants who will falsify applications for a shot at that job. LPSI can verify whether a candidate has the degree or education they claim. What would the potential ramifications be if you hired a person who is on the national sex offender registry and you were not aware of it? Yes, it is possible the employee would behave while working around other employees and your customers. But what is going to happen to YOUR business and YOUR reputation if you don’t bother with a background check and YOUR employee does assault someone? Even if they don’t do the offense while on the clock there is a strong possibility social media will get the word out on where that person works and lives. What will your other employees think? An applicant management center can help keep your business and reputation safe.

     Lest you think the only service provided by an applicant management center is conducting background checks store owners should also be aware that there is much more available to them. Want to make sure you run a drug-free workplace? LPSI also offers drug screening for business owners. Have you ever wished you could organize your hiring process including files into one central location without dealing with mounds of paperwork? They can do that for you as well. Bill Bregar who is the Chief Executive Officer of LPSI has drawn from his background as a Loss Prevention Director for national chain stores and his experiences of running his own business to help other business owners. He knows the risks associated with hiring the wrong people and he is in tune with how to run profitable stores. That is why his company offers the applicant management center to ensure retailers can be profitable through better hiring.

      Pre-employment screening won’t help you get your car up and running or fix an engine with a rough idle but it can help you run a smooth business operation. Get to know more about the people you are considering hiring by hiring a company that can uncover problems BEFORE they become your problem!
Pre-employment screening is important and we can help you with it. Call 1.866.914.2567 and let’s talk.

     

Pre-employment screening can assist store owners in identifying hidden problems that could cause major problems for a business down the road. I thought about this today as I am getting a used car my son purchased fixed up for him. My mechanic had located this car, gave it a test drive and told me that for the $900 we would pay for it we would be getting a great deal. There were a few concerns with how it was idling but he believed for another $500 he could get it running smoothly. $1400 for a car that would get my son to his new job for a couple of years is a bargain, no car payments to make. I purchased parts the mechanic said would be needed and delivered them to him. Later in the afternoon I got a call that there may be a different issue to fix. As he had dug into the engine he found that someone had done some home-made repairs that were possibly the cause of the symptoms he had thought were causing the rough idling. I had to spend another $170 on additional parts (I am waiting to see if these parts fix the issue and I can return the other parts I bought). The thing about this is hidden problems were masked until the mechanic dug into the motor to identify where the true fix needed to be made. I may be paying a few hundred additional dollars and I should have a reliable vehicle. Store owners that hire someone with a checkered past may pay a much higher price for those underlying issues. An applicant management center can help prevent hiring mistakes.
     

Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. (LPSI) can be your car mechanic so to speak. They can conduct pre-employment screening for employers that truly look past the surface information of an applicant to uncover information that could be hidden from you. Is an applicant lying about a criminal past or a job history? Maybe the job you need filled requires a certain level of educationa. There are applicants who will falsify applications for a shot at that job. LPSI can verify whether a candidate has the degree or education they claim. What would the potential ramifications be if you hired a person who is on the national sex offender registry and you were not aware of it? Yes, it is possible the employee would behave while working around other employees and your customers. But what is going to happen to YOUR business and YOUR reputation if you don’t bother with a background check and YOUR employee does assault someone? Even if they don’t do the offense while on the clock there is a strong possibility social media will get the word out on where that person works and lives. What will your other employees think? An applicant management center can help keep your business and reputation safe.
     

Lest you think the only service provided by an applicant management center is conducting background checks store owners should also be aware that there is much more available to them. Want to make sure you run a drug-free workplace? LPSI also offers drug screening for business owners. Have you ever wished you could organize your hiring process including files into one central location without dealing with mounds of paperwork? They can do that for you as well. Bill Bregar who is the Chief Executive Officer of LPSI has drawn from his background as a Loss Prevention Director for national chain stores and his experiences of running his own business to help other business owners. He knows the risks associated with hiring the wrong people and he is in tune with how to run profitable stores. That is why his company offers the applicant management center to ensure retailers can be profitable through better hiring.
     

Pre-employment screening won’t help you get your car up and running or fix an engine with a rough idle but it can help you run a smooth business operation. Get to know more about the people you are considering hiring by hiring a company that can uncover problems BEFORE they become your problem!

 

Pre-employment screening is important and we can help you with it. Call 1.866.914.2567 and let’s talk.