It was the fake fall seen ‘round the world! In a viral video released on the first of February, a workplace surveillance clip shows an employee alone in a staff kitchen. After looking around, the man tosses a glass of ice cubes on the ground before carefully arranging himself in their midst. The worker’s original plan was to wait until being discovered by a horrified colleague, who would find him injured on the floor after an apparent slip. Unfortunately for him, the crystal-clear surveillance camera caught his fraudulent act and denied his costly claims for an ambulance and medical services, among bills.
This type of fraud is shockingly common, costing the insurance industry over $1 billion per year in Ontario alone. In the past, this deception was difficult to detect and even harder to prove. With the advent of social media and the increasing usage of high-definition security video, companies of all sizes now have added protection against false filings. If a worker is legitimately injured on the job, the incident has massive repercussions including reduced morale, reputation damage, fines and investigations. Most businesses take safety seriously and major on-site injuries are fairly rare, which is why employee compensation after such an incident can be high.
Because of this, false reporting occurs across all industries and organizations. In the case of the viral video above, having on-premise video surveillance saved the company from a potentially-costly lawsuit. Of course, not all incidents are quite so blatant. Theft is a common issue with stores, restaurants and offices. While many owners focus on customer shoplifting or potential break-ins, a surprising number of pilfering happens internally. Three out of every four workers admit to stealing from their employer, including swiping small items or even conducting long-term schemes.
Kid-favourite business Chuck E. Cheese found itself the target of countless liability claims from both employees and visitors. Since installing cameras inside its 500+ stores, accusations greatly reduced and in many cases disappeared once the company alerted the individual about the presence of recordings.
The usefulness of this technology is not limited to larger organizations. An owner of a small jewelry kiosk returned to find a large quantity of his merchandise stolen. Though rumors implicated his employees, he had no solid evidence against them, such as video. The merchant was originally reluctant to install cameras due to the initial cost. However, given the aftermath of the incident, including lost business due to closure, he decided to invest in the device and deter future crimes.
There are also preventative uses for surveillance cameras. Reports of workplace sexual harassment and violence are big news when they become public, shining a negative light on that employer and its business practices. The presence of cameras can both deter such occurrences and provide clear evidence should a worker bring up an incident. A Colorado restaurant owner was able to curb bad employee behaviour and increase efficiencies through the use of surveillance video, resulting in significant cost savings.
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Every few minutes, homes across the country are burglarized. It’s an unfortunate fact, made worse by the reality that most targets lack any type of alarm system. This gives thieves uninterrupted time inside a house to grab valuable possessions. It also one of the main reasons that a large percentage of burglars remain uncaught. Mostly, intruders are looking for electronics, jewelry, prescription drugs and firearms. But what happens to the stolen property after it’s taken?
Following a robbery, police will instruct the residents to call their insurance company. Their policy should help cover the cost of many lost or damaged items. Photos and detailed records of big ticket items will help in determining the overall value of the stolen goods.
Thieves will likely pocket prescription drugs and cash for their own use. It’s best not to leave large quantities of either lying around the house in obvious or visible locations. For other unique items such as electronics or sporting equipment, check out the closest pawn shop or second-hand store. If your property is labeled with permanent marker, embroidery or engraving, there will be no doubt about its ownership. However, a homeowner should not confront a clerk with their claim but rather contact the original police officers from the robbery. Their reports will prove your statement and allow for greater safety, in case the shopkeeper has knowledge of the crime.
A number of residents are also collectors, with large sets of books, guns or other valuables. Such property could have factored into the motivation for targeting the property in the first place. Owners should then search specialty stores and events that focus on that particular hobby, as there may be a smaller market for the goods.
Online listings such as Craig’s list and Kijiji can quickly post and sell a wide variety of merchandise. These outlets are fast becoming a favourite of thieves looking to offload valuables. In fact, detectives in Portland received so many calls from victims locating their own possessions on the sites that they set up a special Burglary Task Force to recover stolen items online by posing as buyers.
Of course, not everyone wants to wait for officers to act, as beloved items can disappear from a posting in a matter of minutes. One Vancouver woman found her high-end $1,000 bike on a Craig’s list ad and answered the posting as a buyer. The seller was a suspected drug addict and the petite 33-year-old boldly snatched the bicycle and rode away.
Police caution against such acts, as the thief could be a seasoned criminal with violent tendencies. A Prince George man bought back his stolen car after questioning some seedy characters in the city. He managed to track down the original culprit, who sold the vehicle back to the man, without knowing his true identity as the owner. Authorities chastised the man, as a growing number of burglaries are committed in desperation by unpredictable drug users.
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