When the Boss is Away- Remote Surveillance to Combat Employee Theft
Have you ever wished that you could see what your employees are up to when you leave the building? Although they are probably not jumping off the walls and running amok like you would imagine, their productivity is likely not as good as if you were in the store. Remote surveillance is a game changer in retail loss prevention. It allows you to monitor any of the cameras in your business in real time, from anywhere. This can be a great tool in the battle to stop employee theft, and will provide a great return on investment with the time and money you save during your investigations.
Here is what you need to get started. You need to have your cameras connected to a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) that has remote monitoring capabilities, internet, and a computer or smartphone. If you already have a DVR that you purchased within the past few years, you may want to check and see if it already has remote capabilities, as most DVRs now come with this feature. I have actually worked at stores where the team had no idea that their existing system had an option to connect to their network to view video remotely.
In employee theft investigations, time can be everything. Just imagine you have a cashier that you suspect is taking money out of the register. You leave work for the day to go home, but they are still at the store just waiting for you to leave so they can help themselves to your hard earned profits. If you have a standard DVR, you can’t review the video footage until you return to work the next morning. This doesn’t exactly allow you to sleep comfortably at night. Even if you go in the next morning and spot the theft on the recorded video, it doesn’t guarantee that the subject of the internal theft will return to work after they have made off with your cash.
The beauty of remote surveillance is that you can leave work and still know exactly what is happening in your store. You can go home with peace of mind, knowing that you can watch the video live while you relax in your favorite recliner with some coffee. This way, if you observe that cashier with their paws on your money, you can make the decision to immediately respond to the store to interview the cashier or be prepared to deal with the employee theft the next morning.
Technology has grown leaps and bounds in loss prevention in recent years, and the solution you have been looking for could be the technology that allows you to use remote surveillance when working your internal theft cases. In addition to being a great resource for employee theft investigations, you can also observe your employees productivity and check in to see what kind of customer traffic you have in the store at different times of the day. This can be very helpful when trying to determine the best times to schedule your employees. If you get a rush of customers at a certain times, you will be able to schedule your team according to the times you are doing the most business.
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