A Guide to Internal Loss Prevention

A Guide to Internal Loss Prevention

1st Edition - April 24, 1986

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  • Authors: Roy L. Wesley, John A. Wanat
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483135731

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A Guide to Internal Loss Prevention provides an analysis of loss prevention factors from the inside looking out, rather than the outside looking in, bringing to management's attention specific organizational areas that may be contributing to internal loss. It is the authors' intent to demonstrate that management personnel often do not pay attention to essential details, and that this laxity, carelessness, or deliberate negligence is costing both industry and the consuming public billions of dollars annually in needless added costs. This book is organized by recognizable business functions rather than by type of organization. Key topics discussed include the administrative, financial, management, production area, personnel, and safety considerations of loss prevention. White collar crime, computer security, and information security are also covered. Where possible, case studies are supplied to clearly depict an actual loss situation, so that management sees how it can happen. An attempt is made to identify loss-producing situations, their possible causes, their effects, and finally, recommendations for remedies that may enable management to prevent recurrences, thereby saving money and ultimately profits.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1 White Collar Crime

    Reporting Crime Cost

    Charting Crime Cost

    Factors in crime cost

    Introduction to White Collar Crime

    What is white collar crime

    Who commits white collar crimes?


    2 Administration Considerations

    Cause, Effect, Remedy

    Duplication of Effort

    Reproduction Department

    Mail Room Activities

    Stationery and Supplies


    Association Memberships




    Expense Accounts

    Alcohol and Drug Problems

    Telephone Abuses

    3 Computer Security

    Physical Security

    Fire prevention

    Access control safeguards

    Usage safeguards

    Software Security

    Case Studies

    Case one

    Case two

    Some Additional Points to Consider

    4 Financial Considerations

    Accounting Department

    Accounts payable

    Short shipments and incorrect parts

    Damaged goods

    Price changes and shipping charges

    Late deliveries

    Auditing section

    Cost accounting

    Asset Accountability

    Some costly losses

    Cash Handling

    Recommended safeguards

    Petty Cash

    Fidelity Bonding

    Expense Account Auditing

    Check-Signing Devices


    Aspects of Coverage

    Insurance Claims and Fraud

    Timekeeping and Payroll Manipulation

    5 Information Security

    Present-Day Problems

    Notable Spy Cases

    Cookie caper

    Hughes Aircraft radar and weapons system compromise

    Hitachi, Mitsubishi, and IBM

    Counterfeit Goods

    Government Policy

    Classified Information

    Nonclassified Information Relating to Classified Contracts

    International Traffic in Arms Regulations

    Technical Data Subject to Export Control

    Technical data export

    Computer Trespass

    Some Solutions

    Computer security

    Protection of proprietary information

    6 Management Considerations

    Recognizing Management Attitudes

    IRS — Individual Responsibility for Security

    Awareness of Security

    Work Simplification

    Standardized vs. customized


    Management by Exception


    Spoilage, waste, scrap

    Informants vs. Concerned Employees

    One Company's Solutions to Business Crime

    Theory vs. reality

    Willingness to fight crime

    Lost Time

    Theft of Service


    Investigative Operations Audit

    Law Enforcement Liaison

    Disaster Preparedness Planning

    Executive Protection

    Personal protection for the executive

    7 Facilities Security and Operations

    Design for Security

    Facility Site Audit

    Performing the audit

    Lock and Key Control

    Maintenance Department

    Janitorial Services

    Over the Fence

    Rubbish Removal

    Construction Site Security

    Temporary fencing

    Temporary lighting

    Roving patrols

    Heavy equipment safeguards


    8 Production Area Considerations

    Inventory Control — Shrinkage


    Materials Handling

    Measures for materials protection

    Purchasing Department

    Raw Materials Inventory

    Receiving Department

    Damaged goods


    Delivery Services

    After-hours deliveries

    Salvage, Scrap, Surplus

    Errors and Omissions

    9 Personnel Considerations

    Hiring Policies



    Personnel Policies

    Labor Turnover


    Disciplinary Action

    Search Policy


    Employment Agreements

    Conflict of interest agreements

    Patent disclosure statements

    Nondisclosure of proprietary information statement

    Suggestion Systems


    Exit/Termination Interviews

    10 Safety Considerations

    What Causes Accidents?

    Unsafe Practices

    Unsafe Conditions

    Zero Accidents

    Safety inspection

    Accident Investigation

    Accident investigation: questions to ask


Product details

  • No. of pages: 128
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1986
  • Published: April 24, 1986
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483135731

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Roy L. Wesley

John A. Wanat

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