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Enlist employees to help you guard your business

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Your organization's employees are its strongest—but most frequently neglected—resource in the battle against theft and destruction of its valuable assets.

Before throwing money at technology and security guards, first check with your employees about the real threats your company faces, said security consultant Larry Cunningham at the recent National Summit on Security in Washington, D.C.

Employees hold many of the best and most realistic ideas about how to prevent damage and loss. They are your "critical eyes and ears," said Cunningham. "They'll know the nuances such as which doors stick and which lights aren't effective."

Two suggestions for enlisting employees' help: Empower employees to confront strangers on the premises. And ask the smokers on staff for their ideas about how to make the company's smoking areas safer.

Example: 'Smokers' doors' are often propped open, rendering the lock useless. Smokers' doors present a security vulnerability at about 80 percent of the organizations that Cunningham inspects.

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