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Pilferage

80% of any theft is opportunistic. Depending on the work environment, putting security measures in place can prevent a good percentage of opportunistic theft. It is human nature for many who see items lying around to pick them up for themselves.

Loss prevention, cargo theft, and counterfeit are all very common buzzwords and industry concerns. One term that is not frequently talked about is pilferage. Pilferage is the theft of part of the contents of a package. This contributes to inventory shrinkage, cargo theft and the world of counterfeit. It is a theft that is estimated at over $15 billion dollars in loss.Photo

Yes, in many markets it is typically perceived that the cost of a security program doesn’t justify mitigating the risk of pilferage. We at ASAP have successfully shown our clients ways this can be accomplished in a cost effective manner.

“Solutions involve all phases of product production, packaging, distribution, logistics, sale, and use. No single solution is considered as ‘pilfer proof’. Often, packaging engineers, logistics engineers, and security professionals have addressed multiple levels of security to reduce the risk of pilfering”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Package_pilferage

Each situation is unique, but a good place to start is to have a security audit done. Security audits can not only educate employees and improve pilfer resistance but also help investigate feasible methods and who the potential pilferer might be.

Pilferage is a worldwide concern and companies realize that it needs to be addressed. A security program should complement the risk and its cost justification.

It is not easy gathering examples of pilferage as they are client specific and confidential in nature. However, it is a security risk that impacts inventory for many companies and an area that should not be overlooked.

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Bat Flip of Emotion

bat flipThe bat flip was heard around the world, or at least that is what the baseball community claimed. It has stirred up many interesting conversations; both at work and at home. A lot of people, including current and ex-baseball players have had different opinions about what might be the most infamous bat flip in MLB history. During the 2015 American League Division Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, Blue Jays’ right fielder José Bautista hit a 3-run home run, giving the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead, sealing their victory. The city of Toronto went into a frenzy. But not everyone was impressed by the bat flip.

Besides the Texas Rangers, the loudest antagonist against José Bautista’s bat flip has been former New York Yankee and Hall of Famer, Goose Gossage. In a 10-minute interview with an ESPN reporter, the former relief pitcher called Bautista “a disgrace to the game” among other things. Others have since chimed in, and it has turned into a bigger disagreement of how baseball should be played.

This has made me think about how some disagreements in a workplace can quickly get out of hand and turn into something more than it should be. Below is a brief overview of some key actions one can do to prevent or handle disagreements at work.

  • Make sure there is a disagreementwork conflict
  • Separate yourself from your position
  • Maintain professionalism
  • Listen to the other person
  • Watch what you say
  • Use a lower voice
  • Try to see the other person’s point of view
  • Sometimes you need to agree to disagree
  • When the disagreement is resolved, put it behind you

It is always a good idea to choose the high road and act in a professional manner when dealing with any dispute, whether it is at work or home. Hopefully, the next time you are in this situation, some of the tips above will help you come to a quick and calm solution.

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Last Line of Defence

As a frequent flyer with a security background I am always aware of my surroundings. Especially on international flights to destinations with a higher risk level.

1255494.largeThe last time I flew to Amsterdam, I believe that I was sitting close to an air marshal, who was posing as businessperson jetting to Europe. They look no different than the hundreds of other passengers with a newspaper or magazine on their lap, and smartphone in their hand. Except for their semi-automatic handgun tucked discreetly out of sight, their specialized martial arts training for fighting in close quarters, and a readiness to vault out of their seats to take on and take out a suicidal hijacker or bomber at 31,000 feet.

In Canada, air marshals are one of the best secret weapons in the war on terror. Highly trained officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police serve as in-flight security officers on Canadian commercial flights around the globe. For all the many visible and growing, layers of airport security – metal detectors, X-ray machines, and uniformed screeners and now high-tech body scanners – they’re the one layer of security you’ll never see. Should there be a breakdown in intelligence, an oversight at the airline check-in counter, or something missed during screening that allowed a terrorist slip through, they are the last line of defence.

Formally known as the Canadian Air Carrier Protective Program, Canada’s in-flight security initiative was born in the weeks and months after 9/11. Today, it has evolved into a “world-class program,” says assistant commissioner Pat McDonell, who heads the RCMP’s protective policing unit, including the in-flight officers.

Of course, it is not feasible to add these particular agents to all commercial flights, but the fact that they may be on a flight is a deterrent in itself. Because there are not enough air marshals to cover every flight, their assignments are kept secret. No one knows which passenger is the air marshal, or even if an air marshal is present on the flight at all.

All air marshals are continually briefed on the most up-to-date intelligence from around the world. They do not receive classified intelligence reports specifically tailored to their every mission but instead rely upon general briefings from other agencies. It’s an approach to protect Canadians whether they are travelling internationally or domestically. The program is maintained by several countries is an important weapon in the fight against terrorism.

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