Theft responsibility to implement a prevention and response

  Theft Prevention and Response PlanFor any organization, protecting their information and assets from theft by their own employees or malicious customers is very important. It is the security manager’s responsibility to implement a prevention and response plan that can identify and mitigate all security concerns related to this threat. There are multiple reasons that can trigger someone into commit theft. It could be for personal profit, a grudge against the company or just because the company became an easy target. In this paper, we will discuss a detailed security plan that focuses on employee and customer theft prevention. We will also discuss penalties, prosecution thresholds associated with theft and analyze some appropriate security measures that be could be implemented to protect the organization against theft. The following security measures are recommended as requested for the 4,000 SF office located in Fayetteville, NC that offers data entry services and has 75 employees. Physical security represents a challenge for any security manager because there is not much that can be done against an employee that has the knowledge and access to restricted areas of the facility. Once the individual has broken that physical security barrier, the security personnel must rely on video surveillance and regulating the use electronic devices like smartphones, USB drives and laptop to mitigate the risk. These types of devices are useful to steal data that could be exploited to inflict damage to the organization. Having a  more technology oriented security plan in place will protect the company from these types of security concerns and neutralize the threat. Here are some general guidelines to increase security and prevent theft in the workplace:Install electronic key access system in all doors.Issue photo ID cards and temporary visitor badges to non employees personnel.Enforce all access control points standard operating procedures.Establish an emergency contact protocol.Upgrade video surveillance system. Conduct security personnel meetings daily.Develop an undercover security strategy.Develop and implement risk management policies.Additional Considerations:Theft is going to occur more than likely when the employee is alone. It is recommended to have two or more employees or security guards opening and closing the facility simultaneously. Also install a high definition video surveillance cameras as needed to avoid creating “blind spots”. The requirements and qualifications for becoming a licensed security guard are established at national level, but it varies from state to state, for this reason it is difficult to reach a balance between consistency of the service, qualifications and reputation of the firm providing it. Some of the private security firms in the industry are not career oriented organizations making a challenge for security guards to gain experience and become proficient at their craft. According to “Score” (2014), “Employees who steal typically have worked as a business for several years before starting to steal and continue for an average of three years before they get caught. That’s a lot of time to generate losses for the business. NFIB recommends that small business employers perform background checks on potential hires. Checking references is one important step. But for employees entrusted with handling your money or financial records, a background check is better”. ReferencesScore. (2014). Retrieved January 25, 2018, from https://www.score.org/resource/10-ways-prevent-employee-theft-and-fraud.USDA. (2016). Retrieved January 25, 2018, from https://www.dm.usda.gov/ohsec/physec/.