Category: Retail Security

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 25: Pet Your Cat74

Who here is a legit paper towel thief? Because I have the connection to a Washington DC-area restaurant that has lax enough of security measures to allow this! The Misstep The Key. The Solution This is a really stupid misstep this week, but it segues into something else — security awareness. Sure, the employees left […]

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 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 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 […]

Part 1: Outdoor Security Lighting (The Attack)

Building exteriors are often well lit to keep out physical attacks and to enable CCTV footage without requiring infrared emitters on the cameras. Often times, these will use “electric eyes” to detect light, and when present, turn off exterior lights to conserve energy. Typically these sensors are made with a CdS cell (cadmium sulfide). They […]