Annually, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland goods for roughly 7 billion euros are stolen in retail trade alone. Thieves also operate in warehouses, production locations and in offices. If one considers the low crime detection rate for thefts (approx. 20 per cent) and the high percentage of repeat offenders (more than 60 per cent), then the advantages of a detailed surveillance with the chance of identifying the culprits are pretty obvious.
Modern thieves will steal anything that isn't fixed to the floor. No company is safe from theft because through the internet almost every product can find a buyer somewhere.
Roughly 50 per cent of all inventory differences in retail trade result from theft. Employees and suppliers have easy access to the goods in stores and the loading zones. Video surveillance here would offer advantages such as night view using infrared lighting (IR), which recognises what is happening at the warehouse or on the loading ramp even when it is pitch dark. With state-of-the art motion detection in surveillance cameras you can enjoy all-round protection, even in hardly accessible areas.
Video surveillance does not protect per se against theft. However, it can deter criminals up front – especially opportunistic criminals, who are looking for a quick way to steal valuable items. And: if a theft is committed, the recordings in your video surveillance can serve as evidence while also enabling you to identify the culprit(s).
When installing a surveillance system the correct positioning of the camera plays a decisive role. This is why you should always have the video system planned and installed by a specialist dealer. You should consider these locations in particular for placing cameras:
Traditionally thieves like to "swipe" things when in shops. They conceal their stolen goods in their clothing, in prams or in the packaging for other articles. With video surveillance from ABUS you can uncover these typical tricks:
A sales receipt left by another customer is picked up, the thief then enters the shop, takes an article from the shelf before returning with the sales receipt to the cash register.
A customer buys e.g. an electronic device, returns to the shop the next day, takes an identical device from the shelf, then complains about it and has the amount reimbursed.