Internal shrinkage can take many forms including under-ringing, sweet-hearting (giving things away to friends/relatives), inventory fraud, or simply taking articles out the back door or from the loading dock. Compounding these issues, key management and alarm codes can be challenging to manage particularly for organisations with many locations. A recently terminated or disgruntled employee with access to a store can become a major source of vandalism, fraud, and loss. Opening and closing procedures are often delegated to non-managerial staff in unsupervised settings creating opportunity for dishonesty leading to costly loss.

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