Whole Foods Incident Highlights Importance of Video Surveillance for Business

The New York Post recently reported that four coworkers at a grocery store in Pennsylvania teamed up to steal more than $175,000 from their employer over a five year period. Not only did they steal the money, but they used the stolen money to buy a winning $1 million lottery ticket from the same store.

The former employees stole the money by running up bogus returns and pocketing the money from May 2011 until March 2016, according to The New York Post. While the story may seem comical to the average reader, it’s definitely not funny to the store’s owner, Ronald Yordy. Yordy told police that he had to borrow money to keep his store afloat due to the financial loss.

After growing suspicious that his employees were stealing, Yordy finally solved the problem by installing his own hidden cameras in January 2016. Unfortunately for Yordy, he was about five years too late. This situation highlights a classic crossroads for many business owners when it comes to investing in security: to spend or not to spend?

Many business owners don’t see the value in paying for a professional security system before they need one, then when a crime occurs, they regret not having one in place . It’s the classic “better safe than sorry” argument, if you can pay a reasonable amount to secure and protect your investment, why not do so in order to protect against significant loss in the long run.

If Yordy would have installed a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) video surveillance system along with some building access control equipment, he would have been able to avoid these losses and run a much more efficient and profitable business. In order to help readers understand exactly what Yordy could have done differently to increase the security of his business, we have provided advice for business owners that may be operating without a security system in place:


Install a CCTV Video Surveillance System

Installing a video surveillance system offers an additional level of protection to the business’ security system. Professional CCTV systems include digital recording and remote monitoring – both inside and outside your business, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Also, a business owner can view live streaming video or receive clips and images of important events when they occur. Some CCTV systems can be integrated with the POS and access control systems and matched with the data analytics harvested to uncover instances of theft and other anomalies that warrant investigation.

CCTV for stores

Install Building Access Control

Electronic access control technology is ideal for permitting and restricting access to the premises or secured areas within the premises. In addition to being easy to use, access control systems are highly sophisticated and can be integrated into a number of other commercial security solutions, like the aforementioned CCTV, for maximum effectiveness.

A business owner who decides to install a professional security system can expect the most advanced, scalable solutions that control access to either one door, or hundreds of doors, for any number of card holding employees.


Install a Photo ID System

A professional security company will be able to customize your access control system card to include a high-quality, full-color professional photo for identification purposes. Integrating access control technology with photo identification increases the effectiveness of your overall security strategy. Photo ID also helps ensure that ID cards are only used by authorized personnel, and the identification badges can serve as extra security while working within a facility.


Utilize PC Management

PC-based access control systems enable you to take control of your security environment with a single click of the mouse. PC-based access control systems allow a business owner to remotely program access devices throughout the facility within a few seconds. This saves you time, money and it enhances the protection of the people and property at your facility.


Ask About Hosted Access

A professional security company can design, implement and host your entire access system from our 24-hour control center. As a business owner, if the resources aren’t available to manage a card database on premises, most security providers can host the solution. A security company’s in-house expertise can essentially act as a proficient extension of the internal security department.


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