Category: Loss Prevention

Misstep 30: How didn’t this register?

Keys left in register

Are we really at the 30th misstep blog? This is crazy, since it was just a fluke of an idea… And here I am on Feb 19th writing posts that won’t even drop until mid-June. I hope you’re enjoying the series as much as I am while I find these and write about them. I […]

Misstep 27: Keys to the Kiosk

Kiosk with Exposed Wiring, Systems

Today, we’re going to take a look at a little piece of automation. Many folks see self checkouts in their grocery store, but my local hardware store uses these kiosks for something else. These are near the customer service area, and allow people with returns to swipe their credit card, and enter a UPC to […]

Misstep 21: Shim Shimmity

You can easily tell how far ahead I am in my security blogs, considering this is scheduled to post in early April and there’s a Christmas Tree ornament hanging from this cabinet, but I digress. The Misstep This lock doesn’t even try to fit these knobs, it can easily be moved around to get over […]

Misstep 19: Unshackled

Today takes us to Boston, MA. A beautiful albeit cold coastal town with some of the most fantastic seafood you can buy. It is an area that, not too long ago, was mostly factories and shipyards — now is the Seaport district — a bustling area of hotels and restaurants and businesses. With all of […]

Misstep 18: Wearing your Password

This photograph looks like a typical retail checkout counter, albeit blurry and pixelated. I stopped in here recently and realized that the employees were all wearing name tags that also had a bar code visible (it appeared to be PDF417-formatted). Uses for Bar Codes in Retail Besides for the occasional terrible gas station that relies […]

Misstep 13: Coke Kills

Unlocked Coke Machine

First of all, I want to state that this issue was reported to a facility representative. I was recently back in California again, and I had some laundry I had to take care of at the hotel (more on this next week). Laundry, being the mindless task it is, gave me some time to watch […]

Misstep 6: Moneygrab

Key in Register

This one is less about what you’re seeing, and more about temptation. This cash register has the drawer key sitting directly in the lock it is supposed to protect. Cashiers should be performing “NO SALES” if they need access to the cash drawer without a transaction. This keeps a record of times an employee accesses […]