How ID Scanning Helps Improve Nightclub and Bar Operations
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|The U.S. holds 40% of the world's fraud.|
|88.3% of identity fraud is committed using false identification.|
|Identity fraud with a fake ID accounts for 73.8% of the total dollars lost by U.S. businesses.|
|According to the FTC, synthetic identity theft accounts for nearly 85% of the more than 16 million ID thefts in the U.S. each year.|
|55% of data breaches are from outsiders.|
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Digital Driver’s Licenses are On the Rise:
In the era of the digital age, driver’s licenses are no exception to the impact technology has on our lives. Rather than toting a plastic card, drivers will be able to pull up their license on their phone. Millions of Americans store credit cards on their phones, so why not their driver’s license?
MorphoTrust, the company spearheading this digitization of licenses is forcing states to re-examine their policies so they can accomodate digital driver’s licenses in the future. According to News 6 in Orlando, in 2014 Florida was required to develop a system for issuing driver’s licenses and for “providing criminal penalties for manufacturing or possessing a false digital proof of driver license.”
The above statement opens up many other questions: how will the licenses be stored, how will they be validated, will all states accept them, will we still have physical driver’s licenses just in case? Not all of these questions can be answered, but that isn’t to say they aren’t be considered. Florida isn’t the only state that is planning to integrate digital licenses and the necessary measures to utilize them safely and effectively.
Jenny Openshaw, the VP of State and Local Sales for MorphoTrust said, drivers will simply download an app which will store their license. She then stated, “You could verify yourself one of several ways either using a pin or possibly using a selfie.” Who knew, selfies were more than just an act of whimsical vanity?
In addition to this there are a plethora of security features which the app will have. One is referred to as the “Harry Potter feature.” Openshaw says, “This shows the picture of the driver’s head rotating back and forth to indicate that their is a live connection and that the license is valid.”
Iowa has already started pilot testing and other states are developing laws similar to those Florida is creating. Until this plan is official in all 50 states, I would hold on to your license but be prepared for what is to come sooner rather than later. For more information on digital licenses, click here.
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Fake IDs are becoming more and more prevalent. Keeping Identities Safe just released an article about the increase of Chinese ID counterfeiters. It is alarming to think that TSA failed 95% of its tests with undercover agents, allowing such items as bombs and banned weapons to pass through security, in many cases using fake IDs.
In an environment where the world is rife with terrorism and threats, it is important to see how we can protect ourselves by minimizing these threats. As we all know, minors also use fake IDs to purchase alcohol. According to the CDC, each year alcohol kills over 4,300 people under the age of 21. As the quality of fake IDs improves, it is important that our means of combating them exceeds these improvements. Specialized training of law enforcement officials, in combination with ID scanning technology can save money and lives. See how we can benefit your company by going to idscan.net.
At IDScan.net we take pride in being a one stop source for bars and nightclubs ID verification and scanning needs. If asking yourself, “Is my ID verification process cutting it?” take note of these 5 steps to ensure that it is.
1. Contact your state’s regulatory body for guidelines and advice.
In Louisiana we have Alcohol and Tobacco Control. In Mississippi there is Alcoholic Beverage Control. These administrative bodies serve the same purpose but have different policies and preferences on how to follow alcohol and tobacco regulations. By contacting your state’s policy enforcing group, you ensure that you have the most relevant guidelines and information to help you stay in compliance.
Familiarize yourself and your staff with both federal and state policies towards alcohol and tobacco sales. Is there a minimum age a client must look to avoid being ID’d? How do you verify the authenticity of the ID? Do you need an electronic record of having verified the ID? How long must you maintain client data proving your customer base was carded and of age? How do you record underage offenders? The first step to achieving and maintaining compliance is knowing how to define compliance.
2. Create specific, achievable practices to follow the regulations and suggestions provided by your regulatory body.
Sit down with your staff and discuss the most effective ways to comply with set alcohol and tobacco sale policies. How will you deal with invalid ID’s? What scanners will you implement to verify the authenticity of said IDs? Where will these scanners be located and who will have training and access to them? There are more steps to compliance than “look at every ID,” although that is certainly a good place to start.
3. Find a solution that is both secure and efficient.
While security and effectiveness should be your priority in developing you ID verification system, try to be as efficient as possible. When your establishment is busy the last thing you want is a cumbersome identification process. Take the weight off of bartenders and bouncers by implementing an automated electronic system. Regulations have become stricter, but technology has come a long way since manually inspecting each and every ID. Take advantage of this and make your verification process as painless as possible.
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4. Train your staff in best practices for alcohol and tobacco sales.
There are plenty or resources that can be found through regulatory bodies and attorney general offices.
For example the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office released this useful guide that educates managers and staff on best practices for accountability: http://www.ago.state.ms.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Guide-to-Prevent-Underage-Alcohol-Tobacco-Sales-to-Minors.pdf
Although Mississippi’s laws and policies may not be identical to your state’s, the information contained is still relevant as it explains important overall policies (e.g. how to calm, handle belligerent customers, how to diffuse tense or heated situations).
5. Be consistent and thorough.
Don’t fall into bad practices such as assuming someone’s of age because the bar is packed. Incentivize your staff into checking IDs regularly. Many managers have had success by implementing a rewards program for the confiscation of fake IDs.
A major pitfall many bars and nightclubs experience is the prevalence of the idea that more customers equal more tips. This unfortunately translates into underage customers also equal more tips. Make sure that your staff understands the severity of regulatory punishments. IT DOES NOT PAY TO SERVE MINORS. Hold your staff accountable. Otherwise everyone will pay the price.
If you have any questions about the steps listed above, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’ve been helping businesses implement and execute ID verification programs for over ten years. We’ll help you take the steps necessary as well.
Ontario County, NY has decided to move forward with appropriating funds to purchase handheld ID scanners to catch underage drinkers. According to Sue Cirencione – the new Ontario County Stop DWI program administrator – Ontario county will seek grant money to pay for two handheld ID scanners.
After noticing how difficult police were struggling with identifying fake IDs, Cirencione decided that the county needs to invest in ID scanners to help curb the amount of DUIs and DWIs in the area. Handheld ID readers will also help speed up the line when entering the concert venue. Cirencione said the scanners will not only be used at venues like CMAC, but also in county bars and carnivals.
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A local Massachusetts restaurant called Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill will face a five-day suspension for a liquor violation they received after serving alcohol to minors. This violation will be the second that they faced in the past two years.
Although the restaurant has an ID system that is issued to detect fake IDs, an employee failed to follow protocol which lead to the serving of alcohol to two minors. These two patrons used fake IDs to purchase alcohol and another guest at the restaurant snapped a picture and sent it to police.
To the credit of Smokey Bones, they immediately fired the employee who failed to follow the proper ID checking procedure and will now have a security guard out front who will check everyone’s ID as soon as they arrive.
Don’t lose your liquor license. Start using an ID scanner regularly to keep underage drinkers out.
With the school year around the corner, the number of fake IDs and underage drinkers is expected to spike. In Indiana, already over 71 people were arrested on alcohol-related chargers at Ball State University. Charges included furnishing alcohol to minors, false statement of age, illegal possession of alcohol, resisting arrest, and more.
Several of these arrests were related to local campus events and reported by nearby liquor stores who spotted fake IDs. Although fake IDs are becoming more and more difficult to spot, the use of an ID scanner has helped stop underage drinkers from purchasing alcohol.
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