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5 Reasons Your Business Needs Video Surveillance

Is your business as well-protected as it should be? Do you really know what goes on when you’re not there to see it firsthand? As a business owner you want to ensure that your investment is protected against loss from the public or from your own employees.

Due to their early and late hours and sometimes short staffing, gas stations, convenience and liquor stores are often subject to more crime and violence, which is a growing concern among many of Society’s policyholders. Other businesses such as restaurants, taverns, and grocery stores experience increasing numbers of slips and falls. Having an effective video surveillance system will help deter shoplifting and employee theft, and it can also prove valuable when trying to document crimes and injury claims by customers or employees. Many of the newer digital systems allow you to review your footage from a smart phone, even if you are not onsite.

So, is video surveillance really necessary at your business? YES. Here’s why: (more…)

Is Your Business a Target? Robbery Prevention Tips

As a former robbery detective in the Chicago Police Department I can easily see why a business would be a target for a robbery or hold up. Now that my career is in insurance, I know how important it is for a business to keep a “low profile.” Here are a few things you can do to make the bad guys pick another business as their victim:
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Should You Conduct Employee Background Checks? (Part 2)

There are a number of legal considerations associated with conducting a proper and fair background check. It’s not easy, so why should you bother? The answer is in the EEOC guidelines; you do a background check when there is a business necessity. As a business owner, you have an obligation to provide a safe environment for your employees and customers as well as a fiduciary responsibility to the company. Reasons for a background check include, but might not be limited to: (more…)

Legal Considerations for Employee Background Checks (Part 1)

Do you conduct background checks on job applicants? Have you ever thought of doing so? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions you need to be aware of the legal considerations.

There are a number of federal and state laws, along with local ordinances in some cities, which govern background checks. At the federal level there is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states in part “…a person cannot be denied employment based on a criminal record alonethe decision to hire or not hire must be based on a business necessity…” Some of the points to consider include, but are not limited to: (more…)

Crime Prevention for Restaurants, Bars and Taverns

Restaurants, bars and taverns can be targets for robbery, burglary and theft. These businesses may accumulate a large amount of cash during daily operations, which makes them attractive targets for criminal activity.

  • Armed Robbery. Do you know when your business is most vulnerable?
  • Employee Theft. Do you know that this is the most frequent criminal event in a restaurant?
  • Violent Incidents. Do you know how staff should respond?
  • Burglary. Do you know how to deter burglars?

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6 Tips to Control Crime

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Safe With Society

As we celebrate our 100th year in business in 2015, we embark on another century of commitment to our policyholders. Our mission is to protect the livelihoods of our policyholders, and, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In keeping with that theme, we’ll celebrate our 100th year in business with 100 important tips to help identify, evaluate and prevent dangers that could result in financial loss or injury in a year-long “Safe with Society” blog series.

Crime can happen anywhere, but convenience and liquor stores are often subject to crime and violence due to their late hours and common short staffing. You can take measures to prevent crime, limit the severity, or, at a minimum, assist employees in knowing the hazards and how to address them. (more…)

Deter Shoplifters from Targeting Your Convenience Store

While security is important for any business, convenience stores (c-stores) are a frequent target for would-be criminals—particularly shoplifters—due to their late hours, high cash volume and heavy foot traffic. The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention found that more than $13 billion worth of goods are stolen every year. That’s more than $35 million per day.

And it’s not just shoplifters who are causing product to go missing. Three out of four employees admit to having stolen from their employer at least once, accounting for 42.7 percent of retail shrinkage. (more…)