Employee theft costs UK businesses more than £190,000,000 every year! This has a serious impact on any business and it is why employee theft investigations are on the rise, especially in the Midlands.
The impact employee theft has on a business is quite clear. It can seriously affect profits, limit the company’s chance of success and ultimately endanger it’s future.
There is no way to determine who is most likely to steal fro their employer; we have seen nearly all levels of theft occurring from workers on the shop floor up right up to senior directors.
Opportunist thief – Someone who is seemingly a good person, but when a chance of theft appears, they jump at it. Usually without completely thinking it through. A hard one to detect within a business, if you have opportunistic thieves operating in your workplace, it highlights the need to change processes in order to stop the ‘opportunities’ from occurring.
Disgruntled thief – This is someone who steals because they feel underpaid and undervalued. As a result, this thief steals to get something back from the company. Generally this type of theft is of small value, and is usually based around products or cash.
Criminal thief – All theft is criminal of course, but these are usually the worst type of thief. They use their inside knowledge of a company to create a strategy ready to steal assets, money or information on a large scale. We have seen employees create networks of people to steal huge amounts of fuel and even lorry loads of goods.
We have worked with many employers throughout the East Midlands to solve cases of employee theft. Each case presents its own set of challenges to work around, but we strive to use the latest technology and our expert team to identify the thief (or thieves) and provide the evidence you need to take the next steps.
In the first instance of suspicion, discretion is vital. As soon as you make the call to us we will work to quickly make a plan of action and assess with you the best route to take. Options include:
On completion of the investigation, be it a surveillance period or a camera deployment, we will prepare and deliver an easy to read report along with video evidence that will be court admissible. These will be ready for you to take to interview with the employee(s) in question, ready for disciplinary or dismissal action.
Extra benefits include the safety of your future profits, deterring future thieves and protecting your property and assets long term.