Crunchy leaves, cool air – the fall season is upon us. And with the onset of fall comes the onset of football season! But if you are planning on watching your favorite team live in the stadium this fall, you might want to be reminded of the NFL’s bag policy instituted in recent years.
If you plan on sporting your favorite backpack or purse with your personal belongings into the stadium, then be prepared to be turned away at the gates. In 2013, the NFL officially kicked off their new bag policy that no longer permits fans to bring personal items into the stadiums via an opaque purse, backpack, or other such totes. What IS allowed to serve as your personal handbag is a small clear plastic or vinyl tote bag not exceeding 12” x 6” x 12” dimensions. Other bags such as a clear gallon Ziplock bag, or a small clutch purse, are also permittable bags that may enter the stadium.
Why is the NFL tackling down on this security measure? Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security office explains, “Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment. Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective. We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment. We appreciate our fans’ cooperation.” Crime within NFL stadiums is a rapidly increasing issue. In the past season, over 3400 crime incidents were reported in the 49ers’ stadium. That is one stadium alone, and that does not account for the vast percentage of gametime crime that goes unreported. The use of clear vinyl and plastic tote bags is a new play in security to more easily and effectively monitor what comes in and out of stadiums, thereby lowering crime rates during games.
But the NFL is not the only corporation to adopt this bag policy. This security measure is one that has been adopted by many major companies and corporations as vinyl bags are a tool that greatly benefits personal and corporate security.
In a study conducted by Dr. Richard Hollinger, it was determined that companies surveyed had lost approximately $33.6 billion in inventory losses. According to another survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, nearly 1 in every 40 employees was arrested for employee theft in the year 2012. Employee theft is a huge issue. In fact, employees steal 5.5 times more than shoplifters. But measures can be taken to greatly reduce the amount of loss incurred to your company.
This is where the clear vinyl security purse comes into play. Just as the NFL has instituted the use of vinyl bags when bringing items into a stadium, employers who provide clear security purses for their employees to bring personal items into work will find it is much more effective and efficient to monitor any potential employee theft. If workers know that their employer can see right through their purse, they will be discouraged from theft.
Jennifer Goforth Gregory, in an Entrepreneur article, offered some more tips that help discourage employee theft and prevent corporate loss.
Keep a “virtual eye” on employees by installing surveillance cameras that, besides the store, also monitor employee-only areas such as storage rooms and loading docks.
Use a buddy system by always having at least 2 employees present together when counting money or assessing inventory. Gregory says the critical factor to making a buddy system effective is that you rotate the employees and avoid putting friends together to witness any refunds, transactions, or activity that may go on at the register.
And simply, get to know your employees. Be aware of any personal or life circumstances that may tempt them to steal. Look them in the eye, shake their hand when they come to and from work, and encourage them to do the same with those around them. By fostering a safe and friendly environment, employees will feel like they can talk to their employer about any circumstances or issues before have to steal something as the solution.
Whether you’re stepping into the stadium this fall season, or swinging back into the schedule at work, take advantage of these tips and the use of clear vinyl bags to aid you in your personal and corporate security. Multi-Pak is a great supplier of vinyl security purses and more, so check out their website for products and gear up for fall!