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Stock Loss Investigations

Staff stealing from an employer is a serious breach of trust, and not acceptable under any circumstances.

Whether it's taking a few notepads and pens from the stationery cupboard, money going missing from a till, stock removed from the warehouse, to an outright attempt to defraud your employer, any of these actions constitutes theft and is unacceptable behaviour regardless of the individual's motives.

Investigating a Stealing Employee

When employees have been caught stealing, or when having confessed to stealing, research has shown that many employees cite the fact that the company made it so easy to steal and, therefore, the temptation was too good to resist, even though their overall ethical beliefs would know that stealing from their employer was wrong.

The surprising fact would seem to be that many employees who have been caught stealing at work were not under any financial pressures to do so. Many state that having seen other members of staff, some of them in management roles helping themselves, and believed it was perfectly acceptable for them to do the same.

In other instances, perceived injustices against them, feeling undervalued or the way they've been treated by their bosses have also been given as reasons why they have stolen from employers.

Employee's stealing from the workplace can take various forms including:

  • Stock theft
  • Cash from tills and secure locations
  • Providing services and goods free of charge to friends and family
  • Stationary theft
  • Company information and data theft
  • Taking of customer details for use in their own enterprise
  • Using company vehicles for own use when not permitted to
  • Taking of company equipment without consent


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