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NCJ Number: 51287 Find in a Library
Title: ARE WE AFRAID TO BE TOUGH? - FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH CARMEN FALZONE - AN EXTRAORDINARY SET OF OBSERVATIONS ON THE ENFORCEMENT OF BUSINESS SECURITY FROM A MAN WHO TELLS IT EXACTLY AS HE SEES IT
Journal: SECURITY WORLD  Volume:15  Issue:9  Dated:(SEPTEMBER 1978)  Pages:22,23,90,93-95
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Security World Publishing Co, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Security World Publishing Co, Inc
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN EX-FELON DETAILS A PHILOSOPHY OF EMPLOYEE THEFT PREVENTION CALLED 'PROTECTION THROUGH MISDIRECTION.' IT IS BASED ON THE PREMISE THAT TOUGH SECURITY MEASURES WILL FRIGHTEN BASICALLY HONEST EMPLOYEES, CUTTING LOSS.
Abstract: THE PROGRAM OUTLINED USES UNDERCOVER AGENTS, BROUGHT IN FOR THE PURPOSE OF BEING 'EXPOSED.' ARRESTS OF THIS AGENT SHOULD BE PUBLIC AND HUMILIATING. METAL DETECTORS ARE SUGGESTED FOR COMPANIES EXPERIENCING LARGE HANDTOOL LOSSES. AGENTS 'CAUGHT' BY THE DETECTORS CAN BE ARRESTED WITH GREAT FANFARE AND 'FIRED,' THUS EXPOSING BASICALLY HONEST EMPLOYEES TO THE COMPANY 'GET TOUGH' POLICY WITHOUT ACTUALLY INCURRING ILL WILL. ONCE SUCH A POLICY IS ESTABLISHED, IT IS UP TO THE COMPANY TO FOLLOW THROUGH. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT HONEST EMPLOYEES WILL START STEALING 'BECAUSE EVERYBODY DOES IT,' AND DISHONEST EMPLOYEES WILL THROW THE TOOLS OVER THE FENCE TO BE PICKED UP LATER. THIS CAN BE SOLVED BY A PATROL ALONG THE FENCE WITH A DETECTOR. SIMILAR TACTICS ARE SUGGESTED FOR COMPUTER CRIME--THE HIRING OF 'OUTSIDE EXPERTS' TO MAKE THE EMPLOYEES THINK THEY ARE BEING CHECKED. IT IS ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE SECURITY FORCE BE POLICED. EMPLOYEE INCENTIVES FOR REPORTING THIEVERY ARE URGED, INCLUDING GETTING THE FIRED EMPLOYEE'S VACATION WITH PAY IF THE REPORT IS VERIFIED. LIE DETECTOR TESTS ARE SUGGESTED ALONG WITH A PLAN WHICH DISTRIBUTES MONEY SAVED FROM REDUCED THEFT AS AN EMPLOYEE BONUS. THE ARTICLE IS IN QUESTION-AND-ANSWER FORM.
Index Term(s): Business security; Crime prevention measures; Employee dismissal; Employee theft; Industrial security; Larceny/Theft; White collar crime
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