Business Video Surveillance Bakersfield CA

Shoplifting can cost retailers lots of money, and it is worth spending money up front to prevent this fraud from happening to your business. Learn about the different forms of shoplifting and how you can help to prevent from becoming a victim.

Alpha One Security System
(661) 323-0499
1699 V St
Bakersfield, CA
Ultimate Sound & Security
(661) 834-2424
3905 Hughes Ln
Bakersfield, CA
Video Audio Designs Inc.
(661) 398-1011
4415 Yeager Way Ste 500
Bakersfield, CA
Wired Inc
(661) 836-9018
4705 New Horizon Blvd
Bakersfield, CA
Central California Security
(661) 391-8061
3980 Saco Rd
Bakersfield, CA
Middleton Security Service
(661) 322-5982
422 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, CA
Varda Company
(661) 323-1703
2729 Alta Vista DR
Bakersfield, CA
Advanced Security
(661) 589-9700
1803 Elzworth St
Bakersfield, CA
Hawk Watch Security System
(661) 588-6550
12213 Brockridge Ct
Bakersfield, CA
Kern Security Systems Inc
(661) 588-4357
2701 Fruitvale Ave
Bakersfield, CA

Video Surveillance


The Fraud

The National Retail Foundation had the University of Florida do a study on the 2006 data for record theft and shoplifting losses of $40+ billion. The results broke down this way:

  • Employee theft = 47%
  • Shoplifting = 32%
  • Administrative errors (pricing, etc.)= 14%
  • Vendor fraud = 4%
  • Unknown sources = 3%

So we can estimate the cost of shoplifting to retailers at around $13+ billion a year.

The Flaw

Lack of security controls. The subject of employee theft is covered in the first section of this module, but the major method retail employees use to accomplish theft in the context of grocery stores or large discount retail operations is by "sweethearting." That term refers to a checkout clerk, when processing an order for a friend, relative or accomplice, holding a hand over the bar code on a product being scanned so that no amount is rung up on the register.

This sleight of hand fools any security cameras into thinking the item was scanned properly.

Shoplifters themselves can be freelance amateurs, kleptomaniacs, or members of sophisticated professional bands who shoplift for a living. Some pros even take orders from local "fences" for specific items.

The Fix

  • Closed circuit TV surveillance
  • Employee training and Supervision
  • Alarm devices attached to products (to be disarmed by cashiers)
  • Security personnel (in uniform or plain clothes)
  • Intelligent hiring practices
  • Vigorous prosecution

. . . check "all of the above!"...

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