Employee Theft is real

Employee theft is the biggest type of theft .

One security expert, who heads national security for a jeans chain, says Australian retail staff help themselves to $70 million worth of stock a year—70 per cent of all shoplifting (Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend 16 August 1990). The National Retail Crime Prevention Council put shop theft by staff at $300 million per annum, half the then national estimate.

There are numerous ways for staff to steal from their employers:

    • straightforward theft of goods and money;
    • under-charging customer accomplices;
    • adjusting delivery dockets;
    • under-ringing purchases at the cash register;
    • fiddling the shrinkage records;
    • deliberately damaging goods to buy at staff discount;
    • using company time and facilities for personal projects;
    • increasing creditors’ invoices and keeping the difference;
    • replacing perfect items with seconds in the warehouse or store;
    • adding a last-minute item to the receipt but not ringing it up;
    • picking up receipts for later inclusion in the register as ‘voids’ or ‘refunds’;
    • palming a forgetful customer’s credit card;
    • fraudulent refunding;
    • conspiracies of middle management employees.

Some retailers choose to turn a blind eye to much staff theft: they may be unwilling to hound staff because of the effects on morale, it may simply be cheaper to ignore it, or some degree of pilfering may be regarded as a perk to keep otherwise satisfactory employees. Besides, the cost can always be passed on to the customers.


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