e. Temptation occurs when he is given the chance to take something of value with little or no risk
of getting caught.
f. A person in debt will steal anything of value in order to get money to pay his debts.
g. A drug addict will hit and run to support his drug use.
3. Targets for Pilferage. Prime areas on an installation which are targets for pilferage:
a. Shipping and Receiving Areas. These areas are considered the most vulnerable to pilferage of
items. It is in these areas that physical control of the item is the least apparent.
b. Theft Through Trash Channels. This is one of the favorite means of the systematic pilferer to
transport his item from an area. The person is usually in coordination with trash pickup employees. He
stashes the stolen item in a dumpster. The trash man empties the item in the trash truck, and removes
the item from the post.
c. Theft through empty cargo trailers or CONEXES. This is the same principle as theft through
trash channels. The item is loaded into an empty cargo trailer or CONEX and pulled off the post.
d. Parking of privately owned vehicles. This is one area often overlooked by the security officer at
a post. Parking areas designated too close to a warehouse make the removal of items very easy.
4. Control Measures for Casual Pilferage. Specific measures for preventing theft must be based on
careful analysis of the conditions at each post. The most practical and effective method is to establish
psychological deterrents. This may be done in a number of ways.
a. One of the most common means of discouraging casual theft is to search persons and vehicles
leaving the post at unannounced times and places. Sometimes a total inspection of package, materiel,
and vehicles is impractical. If so, you should conduct frequent unannounced spot checks of these as
they leave restricted areas.
(1) Spot searches may sometimes detect attempts of theft, but greater value is realized by
bringing one fact to the attention of all personnel: they may be apprehended if they do try to illegally
remove property. AR 210-10 states that the installation CO will establish rules governing the entry of
persons to and exit from the post. This regulation also states that the installation CO sets rules
(2) The installation CO may directly authorize security personnel to search persons and
possessions. This may be done entering, visiting, or leaving post facilities. These persons may be
military or civilian personnel