Moving Cargo Securely

Excellent Article! ~ Security Managment November 2010 issue A look at what companies that join the post 9-11 C-TPAT program have to do and how their efforts contribute to homeland security. By Joseph Straw. SYNOPSIS After seven years, the U.S Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program has nearly 10,000 participating companies. Under the program, these members observe security criteria in exchange for reduced likelihood of inspections at U.S border crossings. The program incentives improved security throughout the supply chain by encouraging members to do business with one another. A survey of participants found that roughly one in five C-TPAT shipments is subject to inspections at the border, compared to one in 1.25 non-C-TPAT shipments. Border wait times remain a problem, however. Among respondents, 39 percent said wait times decreased, while 53 percent said they increased or stayed the same. Another problem is that drug cartels have targeted C-TPAT partners for smuggling because of the reduced likelihood of inspection. CBP found that C-TPAT members caught with drugs in shipments were not observing security standards or had non-C-TPAT supply chain partners. CBP, meanwhile, had rolled out more robust risk assessment guidelines for program members. (To increase risk management effectiveness across supply chains, this year CBP issued a process guide for five-step risk assessments. First step in CBP’s process is mapping cargo flow and identifying all of the company’s partners in its international supply chains. SEcond, companies are expected to conduct a threat assessment of supply chains. The third element of assessment process, vulnerability assessments. In the fourth step, the C-TPAT member is expected to develop an action plan to mitigate risk along its supply chains-which might include requiring partners...

Employee Theft: 5 Things You Need to Know

Theft and fraud cost companies millions each year. How to prevent your employees from walking off with office supplies, merchandise, trade secrets, and even cold hard cash. If you’re not worried about the potential for employee theft and fraud in your small business, perhaps you should be. According to a 2008 report by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the median loss by businesses with less than 100 employees was $200,000 per incident. And if that weren’t bad enough, the problem only grows in a weak economy. “Employee theft always gets worse in bad economic times,” says Timothy Dimoff, founder and president of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services in Akron, Ohio. “Some employees may steal more to survive, but often the larger reason is that they steal because they feel a sense of entitlement to make up for a lack of compensation they believe they should be receiving.” Some steal cash or data; others lift items that fit into their handbags or briefcases, such as office supplies, gadgets and USB drives. How can you protect your company? Here are five essential tips for entrepreneurs. Employee Theft: 5 Things You Need to Know – AOL Small Business Don’t miss out! Free Seminar event. June 23rd, 2010 Holiday Inn Strongsville, OH Workplace Theft: Are Employees Biting The Hand That Feeds Them? & Social Networking: Policies, Procedures and Pitfalls. Space is Limited…Sign Up Today! To Register, email me at:...

Don’t Gamble with Your Security!

Why Take A Chance With Your Security? Contract Security tailored to your various company and industry needs. Industrial Security Service is unique in the security industry by our commitment to the concept embodied by the ISO process. Our processes are defined, our people are trained and every aspect is reviewed to insure we deliver the best security guard service, exactly as specified, every day. ISS has the systems, processes and financial strength you expect coupled with the consistent management and close attention you deserve. Our guards and management staff are your neighbors and share your security concerns. We are aware of and sensitive to local vulnerabilities, issues and labor markets. It’s Time To Go With A Sure Bet! Call now for a security review and competitive comparison. The Best People. The Best Practices. The Best Guards www.BestGuards.com Call Jennifer Taylor [email protected] P: 1.800.873.3948 C:...

Aler Officer Stops Theft

Security Officer Joseph Cinquina was returning from an extensive internal patrol at a large manufacturing facility on December 26th, when he realized something just wasn’t right. With seven (7) years of experience at this plant located in a suburb of Cincinnati, he instinctively knew there was something missing. Upon investigating, Joe not only identified what was out of place, he spotted a would-be thief inside of the plant that he was protecting! Officer Cinquina followed Post Order instructions to the letter and immediately contacted 911 and local authorities, as well as a sequence of Client and I.S.S. management representatives. The police arrived in minutes and it was discovered that a number of valuable items had been carefully staged for removal through a rear access point. There was no question that his diligence and quick action prevented significant loss for our client. As a result of this incident, the client has taken additional steps to better secure the property. Based on the recommendations of Site Supervisor James Heller, Operations Manager Adam Smith proudly selected Officer Joseph Cinquina as our Cincinnati Branch Officer of the...

Quarterly BLR Training Update: Accident Investigation

Over the next couple of months, the ISS management/ training team will be conducting the “Accident Investigation” training for all site managers and officers within the company. The training objectives will be: Understand Your Role In The Investigation Process Gather Facts Talk To Witnesses Determine Causal Factors Identify Corrective Actions   To learn more about our commitment to training, process measurement and verification, follow this...

Quality is a Culture

Our customers consistently tell us that ISS is a reliable, dependable partner. They tell us that across geographic areas and industry types. Our ISO certification plays a big role in delivering these results. ISO helps us maintain detailed procedures for all of our processes, down to the customer and security officer level. This includes the hiring and training of new officers and the detailed development of post procedures. We monitor all of this through key performance indicators and constant auditing. The ISS management team gets together monthly to review the status of our quality system and to make corrections and improvements on a continuous basis. ISS’ decision to attain ISO 9001 certification marked a milestone in the company’s history. The story continues to evolve. The more we work within the system, the more we learn, and the better the results become. ISO has become our operational culture, meaning quality is our culture. Our quality program improves the company’s efficiency and enhances the experience of our customers and our security officers. The program helps us integrate our customers’ needs with our onsite security team’s procedures and performance. This ensures our support for that effort each and every day. ISO 9001 has proven to be a powerful tool for providing quality service and achieving high customer...
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