Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Avoiding Shrinkage and Other Embarrassing Problems for Store Managers

Loss Prevention for Retail Store Managers


THE PROBLEM

Are you embarrassed by the size of your, er, inventory? Tired of having to defend shrinkage, blaming it on the cold economy, or telling the boss its normally much bigger? 


In an industry where size and bottom lines absolutely matter, managers and loss prevention specialists must address the tiny elephant in the room: Inventory Shrinkage. 

Image provided courtesy of the National Retail Federation


LP professionals have been working diligently to find advancements in technology aimed at deterring crime in our industry, sometimes even before it happens – but as our techniques get more sophisticated, so too do the criminals.
 -Bob Moraca, NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention


The two main causes that account for approximately 75% of inventory shrinkage are shoplifting and employee theft! 

THE SOLUTION

Preventing loss is one of the most important goals of any sales, merchandising, or operations manager. According to the National Retail Federation in their 2016 research findings, the top 5 loss prevention methods used by loss prevention specialists, retail managers, store owners, and senior inventory managers are security alarms, digital video recorders, live costumer visible (CCTV) — live video streaming from video surveillance, Point of Sale data mining, and armored car deposit pickups. 


Image provided courtesy of the National Retail Federation



In the online publication SecurityMagazine.com, a recent article regarding asset protection states: 

Jack L. Hayes International is a loss prevention security consulting firm specializing in asset protection and safety. They are finding that retail loss is on the rise. The firm recently released its 28th Annual Retail Theft Survey that showed a steady rise in retail theft loss over the past decade.    
According to the findings, more than 1.2 million shoplifters and dishonest employees were apprehended in 2015 by just 25 large retailers who recovered more than $200 million from these thieves.
 KJB Security Products, Inc. carries a variety of products that utilize the latest technology for retail loss prevention. We recommend protecting your inventory using DVRs or hidden cameras like the following: 

Digital Video Recorders (DVRs)

Hide cameras in the Inventory Room to make sure everyone is behaving themselves. 



Xtreme Life® 720P Night Vision Smoke Detector (Bottom View) -SC7200HD

Out of sight out of mind hidden surveillance has never been better. Our bottom view Smoke Detector Hidden Camera incorporates battery operated surveillance, HD video resolution, night vision and a built in DVR recording system.








Black Box Wi-Fi HD Camera and DVR - DVR1300W No other Black Box comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and over 1 year Standby or 28 hour continuous recording battery life. It is rugged and water resistant, and works great for both outdoor or indoor surveillance. It has a 60" stretch of PIR and camera cable giving it a longer video span, allowing for better hidden value. 

Ultra thin cables make it easy to hide this black box DVR! Put it in the ceiling tiles and set up camera lens in a hole in the tile. Hide it in a bucket, behind a rock, or in a plant. For iCloud storage, add the Extreme Life plus to this DVR for multiple hours of recording storage! Watch the recordings on your laptop and easily find the source of the drain! 


Now go forth, and feel proud about the size of your inventory! 

Read more about counter survellience products that help create a secure environment for your clients particularly in bathrooms, dressing rooms, and tanning salons from our blog entitled Top 5 Counter-Surveillance Devices.

keywords: Loss prevention, Retail Management, Sales, Operations, Inventory, Retail Sales, Audits, Merchandising, Theft prevention, Shoplifting, Inventory Shrinkage

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top 5 Counter-Surveillance Devices



Counter-survelliance, or “detection,” is a growing necessity in our ever-progressing digital world. More and more, news about hidden cameras, video surveillance, and spying is being revealed.

With the expose produced by Leah Remini about the control, abuse, and illegal surveillance practiced by the church of Scientology, we see the growing need to know if we are being watched or bugged. Our personal privacy is at stake.

Even just as recent as this Friday BuzzFeed released a document that the CIA created to brief Donald Trump on the spying that Russian has conducted and the “dossier” that they have collected regarding information that could be used against him. In other words, hidden cameras have allegedly recorded Trump’s "unsavory" behavior that could be used to blackmail him.

It’s no longer a spies-only trade, but rather a field about which even personal users need to have a general knowledge. Detection devices are used to detect signals such as Radio Frequencies (RF). Common RFs are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, CDMA, and GSM. Each individual RF runs and operates in its own RF range. This is how a detection device can pinpoint what type of RF it is detecting and therefore gives the user the understanding of what they have found.



  1. Who’s watching you? 


Locate hidden cameras or listening devices with the DD3150 Camera Finder with RF Detector from KJB Security. This detector can detect RF signals up to 30' away and can locate a camera lens from 3" to 30' away. It features a backlit LCD screen that displays battery status, signal strength, and alert indicators. Flashing LED lights and a built-in viewfinder further help to detect devices. The detector has three alert settings for when a device is detected, including visual, audible, and vibrating alerts. The built-in battery provides up to five hours of continuous use.

• Detects RF signals and camera lenses up to 30' away
• Visual, audible, and vibration alerts
• Built-in battery for up to five hours of continuous use


2. Who’s Bugging You? 



The KJB Security Products Credit Card Size Bug Detector is designed for continuous protection and body-worn applications. As a covert detection device with a slim card-style design, the detector is packed with professional features including an integrated antenna and the ability to detect a variety of radio transmitting devices. This unit has 4 different detection modes, which include Search, Sound, Vibro, and Sleep.

The search mode is a silent mode. In the sound mode, the Detector will produce a sound when transmission is detected. In the vibro mode, the device will vibrate when motion is detected and in the sleep mode, the unit will wake up every 3 seconds to check the environment. If there is an increased level of transmission, an alarm will sound and the unit will stay active as long as the transmission is present. The zero feature is used when you are zeroing in on a device, allowing you to press the zero button and the display will clear out and only show when the signal becomes stronger. Being no larger than a credit card, the detector is a powerful, yet discreet device.

• Detection of all kinds of active radio transmitting devices including digital signals
• 8-segment bar graph indicator for precise measuring of the radio field level and location of a bugging device
• Covert and does not attract people's attention when used or transported
• 4 Working Modes: Search, Sound, Vibro, and Sleep



3. A Clean Sweep!



The KJB Security Products DD801 SleuthGear Defender (Complete) is a comprehensive counter surveillance device. It detects wired and wireless cameras, wireless microphones, audio and video transmitter bugs, as well as visual detection of any hidden camera. The DD801 defender is the professional’s choice for protection against the advances in phone tapping. This SleuthGear defender helps corporate secrets remain a secret, sensitive financial data stay private, and keep proprietary information classified.

• Detects wired / wireless cameras, wireless mics, audio and video transmitter bugs, and hidden cameras
• Advanced technology helps protect against phone taps


4. No More Peeping Toms!


The removal of a hidden camera threat is made easier with this durable, professional grade camera lens finder. The Pro Finder Camera DD1200 is the highest grade camera lens finder available and was designed specifically to remove hidden camera that other detectors cannot find. The high powered adjustable LED's enable long and short range camera lens detection beyond what any other lens finder is capable.

• Detection of all types of hidden video cameras not depending on their working state
• Distance of detection between 2 and 10 meters
• IR filter for rejection of natural reflections
• Adjustable brightness with bargraph


5. Don’t Let ‘Em Steal Your Glory



The RF detection wand —RF Wireless Signal Detector Wand - DD12051— easily fits in user hand to conceal action while sweeping for bugs of different types. Perfect fit for both professional and novice users, simple to use, and allows operator to locate the source. Keep your conversations to yourself with the RF Detector wand.

 

• Physical attenuator provides ability to locate strong RF sources
• Highly sensitive to real signals without being affected by weak background radio waves
• Highly sensitive to real signals without being affected by weak background radio waves
• No sensitivity loss at battery discharge
• Low power indication
• Is able to detect modern communications, including GSM, 3G, 4G (LTE), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 2.44 and 5GHz







Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Top 5 Reasons GPS Tracking Might Be Right For Your Teen Driver

21st century parenting challenges require 21st century solutions. A new line of GPS Trackers are just that!

What is a parent to do with teen drivers in an age of texting when the largest cause for teen fatalities is distracted driving? How can a parent sleep knowing the results of AAA's recently published findings of a study that reveals the number one cause of teenage drivers' collisions is speed?

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/teen-driving-deadly-car-crashes-aaa-study-worst-driving-habits/

Here's the facts: 














1. 33% of deaths among 13 to 19-year-olds in 2010 occurred in motor vehicle crashes.

2. 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.

3. 56% of teens said they talk on the phone while driving.

4. Statistics show that 16 and 17-year-old driver death rates increase with each additional passenger.

5. Only 44% of teens said they would definitely speak up if someone were driving in a way that scared them.

The good news is that, along with the challenges of parenting in the technological age, there are fun, techy tools that can help us survive it all!
Afraid of being a helicopter parent?

Spokesperson for AAA, Tamra Johnson, lays out the good news along with the bad:
Johnson said an AAA survey found parents were often more guilty of bad driving than their teens. Sixty-five percent of driving instructors complained parents were worse at teaching their children to drive than a decade ago.
“When parents set stricter rules for their teens before they get behind the wheel, those teens typically have less crashes,” Johnson said.
Isn't that comforting to know? Here is one arena that your tiger-mom, hovering parenting style has a one to one cause and effect. The firmer your rules, the safer they act!


But how do you create rules that can be monitored?

It's one thing to tell the kids how you feel about speeding or where they are allowed to go; its quite another to know if they are following your well-intentioned rules!

Enter the fun, techy gadget: iTrail® Solo


A small device that is easily hidden in a glove box, the iTrail can text or email you when the drivers goes over a certain speed. You can set the technology up with your own discretions called "excessive speed alert." Know about their lead foot before the police do and before anything tragic happens!


Additionally, you can see starts and stops, idling, and whether or not they leave the Geo-fencing you've set up. You can create a safety zone —AKA, Geo-Fence — to alert you when your teen drivers leaves this pre-determined safety zone.The iTrail monitors their position on Google Maps and reports back to you every 30-60 seconds.

Furthermore, you can see your teens' driving patterns in the reporting. You can set the report to highlight speed changes (by setting a speed threshold that show different speeds, i.e. If they are going 65 than slow to 35 than back up to 65, they are most likely texting, talking on the phone or being a distracted driver.)

With this GPS tracking device, parents can see when their teens drive, how they drive, where they drive, and what roads they drive on! The iTrail really is the best device currently on the market for parents of teen drivers!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Is Your Tracking Device Outdated?

Like it or not, technology affects everyones day to day life. Truth is, technology is advancing so quickly, it’s hard for any of us to keep up. One of these latest advancements may mean change for many business owners. For years, news of an upgraded technology for the 3G/CDMA network has filled our inboxes and tech mags, and now the time has come. The 2G GSM network’s disappearance is no longer a future prospect, but rather an imminent event.

There are a plethora of devices that work on cellar networks, GPS trackers being one. Just like your cell phone, tracking devices become slow in communicating or just plain-old out-dated. Owners of GPS trackers have been quite lucky to have received service from the same GPS tracking devices using the 2G GSM network for as long as they have, however all that now is changing.

The decisions to do away with the 2G GSM network was made by the carrier company AT&T. With this decision comes good news and bad news. The good news is that 3G/CDMA will ensure faster speeds and better connectivity for GPS tracking devices. As of December 31, 2016, just two months from now, the 2G GSM network will no longer be active.The choice to shut down all 2G GSM networks was made in an effort to free up valuable spectrum and also increase speed and capacity using more adequate cellular technologies.

The bad news for business owners who have relied on the efficient ways of GPS tracking to monitor their business will have to reinvest in newer, faster GPS models or face massive coverage outages or no coverage at all in their area.

Luckily, KJB Security anticipated this change and set out to fill the need, and as a result, the iTrail Live tracking devices were developed. As the end of 2G GSM network draws nigh, make sure to upgrade your devices to the iTrail CDMA devices!

Quick facts to know about the 2G GSM Shutdown: 
  • If the your tracker is meant to work only on 2G GSM network, it will NOT work on a 3G/CDMA network as these are two fundamentally different communication techniques. 
  • In addition to the AT&T shutdown, currently many countries are shutting down the 2G GSM network, because the 2G GSM network takes a lot of resources to support. 
  • For faster speeds or the future, the 3G device is the better choice than 2G GSM Tracker. 
  • Companies are still selling 2G GSM devices, that as early as December 2106 will no longer work. 
  • All iTrail Live devices utilize the Verizon CDMA network and will thus work on all the new 3G networks and any remaining old 2G GSM networks.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

5 Ways GPS Can Grow Your Business?

Are you looking for a smart way to optimize your deliveries and ensure that your customers are supremely satisfied? Have you ever thought of GPS tracking for your service delivery vehicles? If not, you should.

GPS technology is changing the way businesses are shipping and receiving their products all over the world. Fleet tracking is becoming more of a necessity than just a convenience and here are some of the reasons why:

Monitor your Inventory: You can monitor your inventory as it moves throughout your supply chain. This allows you to supercharge your response times with real-time tracking, giving you the option to immediately deploy the vehicle that is closest to the location of delivery/service and update your clients as the delivery is being made. Say your driver is stuck in traffic, you can notify your client of the delay and adjust accordingly.


Increased Productivity: Increase the productivity of your drivers. By continuously monitoring your fleet, everyone will be held to the same standards and in return, your employees will be more productive.




Lower Insurance: Many insurance companies will lower your insurance premiums if they know you are tracking your assets.





Theft Recovery: Means exactly how it sounds. If your vehicle is stolen or lost, you can use the Live GPS Tracker to find its exact location.





Tax Write Off: If you have employees that use their own vehicles for deliveries and services, they can keep track of the mileage and use it as a tax write-off at the end of the year!




Extend the life of your fleet: By keeping track of your mileage on each vehicle in your fleet, you can in turn, keep track of when the vehicle needs to be maintained. This allows you to extend the life of your fleet, thus saving you money in the long run.



If you’re serious about optimizing your sales, increasing employee productivity and providing top-notch customer service, what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I Can Always Learn Something.

Recently I attended a free social media seminar with my husband and business partner. I used to attend seminars like this one regularly but in the last few years I found myself skipping them time and again. I'd tell myself, “I bet it's just a sales pitch or I just don’t have time.” 

Or, quite frequently, “what will I hear that I haven't heard at a thousand other business seminars?” In other words what do I have left to learn?

   In the early days at KJB I gobbled up every free seminar I could. Labor laws, hiring practices, accounting information, advertising lectures, there was so much to learn and it was all so exciting! Time went on and I joined professional groups that refined my focus on the particular business challenges my company faced. I made great friends and network contacts but the day-to-day grind of leadership caused cynicism to creep in. During 15 years of business leadership I've learned that there is a time for everything – including a time to think big and a time to sweat the small stuff. In 2015 the day to day operations of KJB Security required a LOT of small stuff sweating. Finally, I realized that focusing two steps ahead made me long for the days when running a business seemed so exciting. I really missed the opportunity to learn and grow and get others' insights on day to day problems. I wanted to see more than two steps ahead... I wanted to see the horizon again.

  My way to do that was to get out of the corner office and back in the classroom – the business seminar classroom that is. Which brings me back to my recent outing to the social media seminar. Did I hear anything I'd heard before? Of course, but that's not the point.... the point is tat putting myself in a mindset of learning brought new energy, new excitement back to KJB. Like the captain that turns her ship and crew toward uncharted waters, it's not about what you already know.... it's about what you might learn. My new mid-year resolution is to look for seminars and learning opportunities that I might otherwise have tossed away.

Sure, the invites that come in might be sales pitches.

And yeah, my time will always be at a premium.

But who cares? Because if I've learned anything it's that I can always learn something.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

How Will You Use Wi-Fi?

In our last blog here we discussed the various merits of a stand-alone DVR hidden camera versus a wi-fi hidden camera. As we noted in that blog wi-fi hidden cameras come with two options for their remote connectivity: peer to peer (referred to as P2P) and peer to internet (referred to as P2I.) Let's dive a little deeper into these two kind of wi-fi connections.






For Peer to Peer there is no internet protocol (IP) channeling the data between your hidden camera and the viewing device. The hidden camera itself acts as a wi-fi transmitter and sends live video to your phone as long as it's within range of the camera.

On the plus side:
• Makes setting up the hidden camera easy, just check your smart device to see what the camera sees.
• No need to access your IP address.
• No connection over the internet means your video is more secure.

Things to consider:
• Less remote capability as the video will stream only when your smart phone is in range of the camera.




For Peer to Internet the user connects a smart phone to the hidden camera through a router and network SSID. Add the app to as many devices as necessary so that more than one person can monitor the video feed. Users with long term hidden surveillance needs can really benefit from a Peer to Internet connection.

On the plus side:
• Very little limitation to remote access of the data.
• Easy for more than one person to monitor the hidden camera remotely.

Things to consider:
• Set-up is more complicated as access to the user's IP settings is necessary.
• Bandwidth is a consideration as narrow bandwidth, or several devices using the same router, can affect the video’s clarity.

Our SleuthGear Zone Shield and Xtreme Life Wi-Fi Hidden cameras offer both P2P and P2I connections and our customer service reps are ready to handle any tech difficulties that arise after your purchase.