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Loss Prevention Equipment Protecting Your Assets

Aug 18, 2007
While we would like to think that the things we have worked hard for are considered to be ours, there is also a chance that someone wants what you have and decides to take it from you.

There are many loss prevention equipment alternatives that can help make property monitoring easy for you. It is important to understand all of the options available to determine what will best meet your needs.

Security Tags - Most commonly used in retail stores, these tags, or Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) devices are placed on merchandise to detect when someone has not paid for an item. A special tool must be used to remove the tags and are monitored using a security gate that detects whether the tag had been removed or not. Some tags contain ink that is dispensed when they are tampered with by people trying to remove them on their own.

Security Cameras - Closed-circuit cameras can be used outside and inside your home or in retail stores to monitor movement and activity. Most of these systems can be easily installed without an electrician's expertise and many are even wireless. Displaying the camera in areas that are obvious may help deter crime, but also be aware that some people view these as a challenges and may deface or break them to prevent them from monitoring. You can also place a camera in an inconspicuous area to avoid this issue, but they may not be visible by the people you want to know that they are being monitored. Also be aware that you can purchase fake cameras that may not actually monitor activity, but seemly seem to be doing so. The only caution to this method is that you are not able to capture movement should it occur.

Mirrors - You can place convex mirrors around corners of your home or store or down retail aisles that you cannot see from certain locations, or blind spots. These are often mounted on ceiling and walls to offer an alternate viewing area.

Counterfeit Detection Devices - There are many small gadgets that store owners can use to detect fraudulent money for purchases in a store. You can utilize florescent ultraviolet lights, magnets and chemical solutions that validate the authenticity of money that is being used to purchase merchandise. They are simple enough to not interrupt service as they are being done by a cashier yet are often preventive in getting money that your bank will not honor long after the merchandise has left the store.

Locks and Alarms - These can be placed on any door, window or garage. You can place them easily on certain display cabinets within your store. Locks can prevent easy opening while alarms are great indicators that something has been wrongfully tampered with.

Signs - You can make people aware that they are being monitored by placing signs where they can see them. While this may only help deter criminal activity, they are a very low cost method to try to prevent crime from occurring.

Dummy Domes - These domes do not actually contain any form of camera equipment but appear to have one in them. They are often strategically placed at a particular place and can also be used as a deterrent to shoplifting.

Ceiling Mirrors - This type of mirror is often used in convenient stores and allows loss prevention specialists to monitor high theft areas.

Whichever devices you choose for protecting your assets, these loss prevention equipment alternatives will help you to monitor your property easily and efficiently. Weigh these options to determine what is best for your needs.
About the Author
Loss prevention equipment such as closed-circuit television, CCTV, offer retailers and homeowners a proven deterrent to crime. Shortage Control, Inc. offers a variety of options and products to design a system to fit your needs. Visit us at http://www.scvideo.com.
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