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Put a stop to shoplifting!

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Put a stop to shoplifting!

Shoplifters assume they won’t get caught. So your strategy is to prove them wrong.
The following tips require thought and ingenuity, but cost very little.
• Alert employees are your best defense. Make sure they are familiar with shoplifting laws.
Establish procedures for them to follow if they suspect shoplifting.
• Make sure you can see everything that goes on in your store. Keep counters low, no more
than waist-high. Mount mirrors in corners so there are no blind spots.
• Arrange counters and display tables so there’s no direct route to the exit. Some stores put
turnstiles at entrances so the only way out is to pass the checkout counter. Place expensive
items in the center of the store away from exits.
• Arrange displays so that missing items are easily noticed. Place small items in neat rows or
clearly defined patterns. If you must, fasten expensive merchandise and attach alarms.
Reverse alternate hangers of hanging garments to prevent “grab and runs.”
• Announce and observe a policy to prosecute shoplifters. The threat of being caught, questioned
by police, put on trial and maybe even put in jail, may be enough to discourage shoplifters.
If someone ignores your warning, follow through. An empty threat is a meaningless
What shoplifters use
Shoplifters use the following to conceal items:
• Bulky clothing (coats, pants, maternity outfits) are often used to hide merchandise.
• Packages, bags, backpacks and purses are hiding places, and sometimes they may have false
• Special props include hollowed-out books, fake casts, umbrellas, secret pockets, belts or hooks
under coats.
• Folded newspapers or magazines are used to hide small or flat items.
What to look for
• Be aware of customer’s hands — and their pockets, purses, handkerchiefs.
• Notice open packages, purses, shopping bags, backpacks.
• Watch for customers who are nervous, have wandering eyes, are loitering or lingering in hidden
• Watch groups of people, especially if a person tries to distract you.
Employees are not exempt
Some experts believe businesses lose more to employee theft than to burglary, robbery and
shoplifting combined. Examine your management practices. Make your employees feel that
they’ve got a stake in your business. Then they won’t be tempted to steal it away!
Embezzlement & pilferage
Sometimes employees only take a few items, like office supplies, or they use company equipment,
like cars or copying machines, for personal use.
But embezzlement and pilferage can get bigger. Cashiers may use “short ring ups” — ringing up

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Shoplifting & Internal
Theft Prevention
a lower price on the sales register to cover money they’ve taken from the till. Or they may
overcharge customers and pocket the difference or undercharge other employees and friends.
Embezzlement can go from simple overloading of expense accounts to payments made to nonexistent
companies. Watch for the following:
• Records are rewritten so they’ll look “neater.”
• Stock shortages increase in frequency or size.
• Employees refuse vacations or promotions.
• Business patterns change when a certain employee is absent.
• Customers complain about errors in monthly statements.
• Collections decline.
• Employees seem sensitive to routine questions about procedures.
Maintain strict inventory control
There are many ways dishonest employees can cheat their employers:
• A cashier in a grocery store “accidentally” damages boxes and cans so she can buy them at
reduced prices.
• A maintenance worker stashes calculators and typewriters in trash bins.
• A stock clerk saves discarded customer receipts and uses them to show that stolen goods
were “paid for.”
The best defense is frequent, thorough inventory control. Limit employees access to stock and
inventory records. Periodically check trash bins, nooks and crannies. Conduct unexpected
inventory checks so dishonest employees know they run the risk of being caught by surprise.
Computer fraud
Computers are used for checkout, billing, inventory records and payrolls. Computers can be
tampered with to commit theft, larceny, embezzlement and fraud. Here are some tips to protect
your business from computer crooks:
• Make sure your computer is programmed to prevent unauthorized use.
• Separate programmer and operator functions.
• Minimize after-hours access to the computer.
• Monitor and log computer activity.
Bribery and kickbacks
The employee who lets a business secret slip for a price; the loading supervisor who ignores a
short order for a fee; the contract officer who will speed things up for a gift. These are examples
of bribery. It may not seem like a big problem at first, but these little favors can mean big trouble.
Watch for the following:
• Purchasing agents use one supplier despite a policy of rotating suppliers.
• Employees associate with vendors or suppliers.
• Employees receive free tickets for sports events, shows, etc.
• Reputable businesses refuse to submit bids.
• One person has responsibility for issuing and approving bids.
To fight the problem, institute policies against accepting gifts, make sure employees get competitive
bids, and rotate purchasing agents and suppliers.
Good business management
Tighten hiring practices. Require job applicants to fill out a detailed application, then contact all
references and former employers.
Separate functions
The bookkeeper should never handle cash. The person who mails purchases should not be the
one who pays the bills. Your accounting system should enforce accountability through a series of
checks and balances. Each function should serve as a check on all transactions that went before.
Have an independent company audit your books.
Set a good example
The boss who takes merchandise and office supplies without paying encourages employees to do
the same.
Keep employee morale high
Employees who are treated fairly and generously are less likely to steal. Get to know your employees.
Ask for their suggestions and seriously consider them. Involve employees in crime
prevention practices. Consider starting a profit-sharing program. Make sure your salary rates are
competitive — an underpaid employee may feel that stealing from you merely “makes up the
Daniel E. Lungren
Attorney General
Crime and Violence Prevention Center
California Attorney General’s Office


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In 1984, the Asian American Advisory Council was formed as the brainchild of the late NYPD Commissioner Hon. Benjamin Ward, Deputy Commissioner of Community Affairs Hon. W. Holiday and the late Chief of Patrol, Chief John McCabe to create a necessary bridge between the various Asian American communities of New York City and the New York Police Department. From its inception to the present, the mission is to improve the quality of life for Asian Americans living in New York City and the surrounding areas. Initially, the mission was to create a platform from which Asian American communities could collectively voice their concerns over issues involving police relations with the Asian American communities and to educate them about police tactics, procedures, and policies. The purpose was to improve tactical and operational police strategies in reducing crime in Asian American communities, improving communication and coordinating law enforcement efforts.
Over time, the Asian American Advisory Commission evolved and expanded its scope. It started to sponsor and conduct seminars that involve numerous government agencies that address critical public policy issues such as immigration, consumer affairs, education, fire safety, truancy, education, crime prevention, community projects and economic development. It also held seminars with law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and New York City Police Department on matters of public safety which includes counter-terrorism, crime prevention, crowd control, community relations, and officer interaction with the public. We also coordinated with U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its subordinate agencies such as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in providing informational seminars to the public to disseminate the current laws, rules, and procedures pertaining- to immigration and the legal rights of immigrants.

The advent of the new millennium with its drastic scientific and technological developments as well as social and political advancements brought forth changes and we had to adapt and refocus. Thus, in 2000, the Asian American Advisory Council became Asian American Council dropping Advisory in its name as we are no longer just an advisory body. We are no longer confined to ethnic or geographic factors but global in character and universal in scope. We allowed chapters to be opened up not only in Asian countries but also in Central America such as Guatemala and El Salvador. In 2002, in close cooperation with Stop AIDS Organization of Japan, the Council’s Committee for Stop AIDS and Poverty has lent its help and expertise in benevolent projects in sub-Saharan Africa such as Kenya, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia and Mozambique in their efforts to develop solutions to address the pressing problems caused by AIDS and poverty. The council also assisted the said organization to provide much-needed medical supplies and state-of-the-art ambulances to these countries. Also in that year, in close cooperation with said organization, we are instrumental in sponsoring soccer games for children deeply affected, either primarily or vicariously through their parents, by this dreadful disease. In 2012, we assisted said organization in sponsoring exhibition soccer matches to provide educational materials to support schoolchildren in South Africa.


Our relationship with leaders of Japanese corporations such as Tokyo Electric Company and others who are on the cutting edge of bringing about important changes in reducing energy costs and curb climate change has prompted us to create a committee to develop resources, forums and workshops to disseminate information and address pressing problems on these issues. On the international understanding level, in 2008, we have been the catalyst in liaising and forging sister-city ties between the City of Rome, New York and several Asian cities such as Long Yan, Fujian Province and Jin Chen Shan, Xi Province both in China and Su Seong Metropolitan City, Korea. As a result of these initiatives, in 2011 we also helped the City of Rome, NY to conclude sister city relationship with Conghua City, Guandong, China and Yanji City, Jillin Province, China. In 2010, through our efforts, Atlantic City, NJ also forged a sister-city relationship with Zhanjiang Municipal Government, Guandong, China and Chunju City, Korea. Last year and this year, a high-level delegation headed by Governor Shin Woo-Chul of Wando-gun, Korea visited Nassau County, NY for possible investment, trade, and commerce. Also this year, a high-level delegation from Linyi City, China visited Nassau County for possible trade and commerce as well as the possibility of a friendly relationship between them. In championing sister-city or friendly relationship, our aim is to foster international understanding albeit on city and county level, expansion of knowledge and enrichment of personal experience through cultural and exchange programs and to help develop the economy by providing a platform for foreign trade and investments and in creating economic opportunities.

The Council has cultivated a good relationship with Central American countries such as El Salvador and Guatemala. In the last decade, we sent cancer prevention medicines to the national Cancer Prevention Research Center in Guatemala. As a result, Asian multinational corporations have requested our expertise to help in their investment initiatives to act as a liaison between them and the governments of Central American countries.

On the local level, in cooperation with Tomiko Abe Foundation of Japan, we gave scholarships to children of NYPD and NYFD officers who died in the line of duty (initially those who perished in the 9/11 tragedy). Last year, we expanded it to include children not only of NYPD and NYFD officers but also children of officers of U.S. Homeland Security. Early this year, we sponsored a community outreach program with NYFD Bureau of Fire Prevention on Hot Work Operation Fire Safety. The program dealt on how to get a license to operate torch and welding equipment. This is to help Asian American communities in their livelihood, creating business opportunities and in improving their quality of life.

In August of this year, we have entered a new phase to continue to develop and expand. Thus, we have to re-structure and expand our advocacy. We have also decided to change our name and henceforth, to be known as Asian American Congress. Although we are expanding our advocacy, we also cognizant of our past. We will continue to be the advocate of the people, provide informational resources and act as the forum to address problems. We are continuing to be the voice of Asian American communities.
As we look forward to the future, we will hold on to our belief in the rule of law, peaceful co-existence, and friendship, loyalty to our country and pride in our ethnic heritage. We are, after all, an amalgam of our heritage and the American dream.


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Honorable Richard A. Brown

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