In the UK, employee theft costs businesses more than £190 million every year. Can your business survive knowing that your employees are stealing from you? In most cases small low value items are stolen; a stapler for example. But in other cases, it is far more sinister with prior planning in place to steal high value items right from under the boss's nose.
There are three types of thieves' in this world... The lazy thief, the greedy thief and the professional thief. All just as bad as each other, but all possible to catch out.
THE LAZY THIEF
The lazy thief is more of an opportunist thief. He or she take items whether high or low value if it is deemed low risk, without much required thought behind the act. This thief is likely to be less experienced but will jump at the chance if the opportunity arises. If there are few security measures in place, this is where the lazy thief will be operating. The lazy thief will also make plenty of mistakes along the way, making it easier for him or her to be caught should it be investigated.
THE GREEDY THIEF
If it's shiny, the greedy thief will take it. Although more experienced than the lazy thief, the sheer greediness will be the demise of this thief. One he or she has gotten away with stealing a few times and has enjoyed the buzz of it all, the greedy thief won't be able to help him or herself when opportunities present themselves, even with some security measures in place. The greedy thief, being more experienced will make few mistakes, and will trip up somewhere along the line.
THE PROFESSIONAL THIEF
The professional thief is the most experienced of them all. This thief will assess the security measures, weigh up the risk worth reward, conduct some form of reconnaissance, have a planned route for handling the stolen goods and have a way of selling it or making personal use of it. The professional thief will make very few mistakes (if any), making this one very difficult to catch out.
Businesses are desperately trying to combat thievery with some effective theft prevention practices in place. For example, CCTV in the workplace, metal detectors at warehouse exits, random percentage searches at the end of shifts etc. However, these security measures will only achieve so much with criminals always finding a way around them. Staff should know exactly where CCTV cameras are installed in the workplace, as it is a requirement under employment law when monitoring employees. Metal detectors at exits are great if the item stolen is made out of metal, but if it's not, they wont work. Percentage searches are only affective if the thief is actually searched. They are also only as good as the person conducting the search itself. A security guard on very low pay may not be so enthusiastic about searching people. The guard may even know the staff on personal levels which will put him or her in an uncomfortable position if the
Sentry Investigations can embed undercover operatives into the workplace to provide clear evidence of who is committing theft and to what scale. There may be more than one person involved operating as a team with a ringleader managing his own workforce of thieves. The operation doesn't stop within the workplace though. You may want to know what is actually happening with your stock. We continue with the investigations and deploy mobile surveillance operatives to evidence where it is going. It may be kept for their own personal use, or it may be sold on the black market for the thieves to make their own profits. Furthermore, there may be witnesses which will need to interviewed. We complete detailed transcript's and provide with professional witness statements upon completion. Our highly trained covert operatives will be in the thick of the investigation. They discreetly compile irrefutable evidence to place the business owner in an empowered position to take action against employee suspected of theft.
If you suspect, or know full well your business is subject to theft by your employee(s), and you need to hire a private investigator in Birmingham or the further West and East Midland regions, do something about it and call in the professionals from Sentry Investigations. Our services are available at very competitive rates against the investigations market. To view our price list, please visit our 'Pricing' page.
To find out more about where you stand when dealing with an employee who is suspected of stealing from your business, visit The Crown Prosecution (CPS) website.