How to Curb Antique Shop Theft Inexpensively

Written by Michael Temple

If you have ever had your antique shop or mall ripped off, you understand that it's very hard to detect. There are simply so many items to keep track of, and an item can be missing literally for months and you may not realize it.

Curb theft dramtically by using a simple and inexpensive technique.

We all understand that perception is vitally important to human behavior, so why are we so fearful to use perception to our advantage when it comes to protecting our assets? Here's a step-by-step approach to shrinking theft by changing a customers perception ofrepparttar security in your store.

1. Select and purchase "dummy" video cameras. They do exist, and they can be used in combination with regular video cameras to giverepparttar 147404 illusion that your store is under constant surveillance. Put them in place all overrepparttar 147405 shop or mall in conspicuous places. The very sight of a security camera will often cause a thief to think twice before grabbing something.

2. Put security signage in place aroundrepparttar 147406 store. These simple signs will remind people that you take security seriously, and that thieves will be prosecuted. You can find a sample of this simple sign throughrepparttar 147407 link atrepparttar 147408 bottom of this article.

The Importance of Travel for A Writer

Written by Maxine Thompson

Copyright 2005 Black Butterfly Press

Dr. Maxine Thompson

“Don’t go intorepparttar city alone,”repparttar 147371 blonde tourist warned me atrepparttar 147372 port of Belize. “They will cut off your arm for your jewelry.”

This was in October 2004, when I went on a Caribbean cruise which, among other islands, stopped inrepparttar 147373 country of Belize. As I have a friend (whom I’ll call Natalia) who grew up in Belize, this made me curious as to howrepparttar 147374 people actually lived.

Instead of jumping on a tour bus, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and go offrepparttar 147375 beaten path. I found a group of men standing outsiderepparttar 147376 gates ofrepparttar 147377 port, clamoring for customers to get into their cabs. Finally I choserepparttar 147378 most friendly-looking man and climbed into a taxi, which was actually a jitney. On this hour-long ride aroundrepparttar 147379 island, I, not only felt deliciously alive, I saw Belize through Natalia’s eyes.

My driver, Raoul as I’ll call him, assured me thatrepparttar 147380 people would treat me kindly becauserepparttar 147381 island is largely supported by tourism. First, he took me torepparttar 147382 richer side ofrepparttar 147383 island. This side of town was comprised of small mansion-like homes, wrapped around by lush palms, which belonged torepparttar 147384 prime ministers andrepparttar 147385 dignitaries. The neighborhood was sedate and quiet as allrepparttar 147386 inhabitants were at work.

Afterwards, we blundered throughrepparttar 147387 back streets and alleys of Belize, and I metrepparttar 147388 everyday denizens, includingrepparttar 147389 derelicts.

Looking back, in what Raoul described asrepparttar 147390 “hood” side ofrepparttar 147391 island, I noticed thatrepparttar 147392 largest house belonged to that ofrepparttar 147393 Obeah woman. This house was chalky white and resembled a mausoleum. It stood out likerepparttar 147394 Taj Mahal in a trailer camp as it was surrounded by what can only be described as windowless hovels and wooden shacks. Suddenly I realized and appreciated how much Natalia had accomplished by coming to America from this third-world country. (Truly, Natalia had given me an accurate picture as to how underdevelopedrepparttar 147395 country was.)

But this trip also made me think. How can a writer improve his writing through traveling?

These are just some ofrepparttar 147396 benefits I gained.

1.. Travel gives you a broader frame of reference from which to write. 2..You get to see how people in other parts ofrepparttar 147397 world live. 3..Travel helps you learn how it feels to walk in another man’s shoes. 4..Travel satisfies a writer’s curiosity and can give you life-changing information. 5..Travel gives you a fresh perspective on life and expands your horizons before you close your eyes in death.

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