Business crime prevention tips

As an employer, you have a duty to keep the workplace as safe as possible. You also need to know that your staff and customers are honest and safe.

  • Think about ways to prevent crime.
  • Take action in more than one way.
  • Involve your staff in your actions.
  • Work with others to make sure your efforts have the best effects.

Preventing theft:

  • Always check references for new staff.
  • Introduce and follow clear policies about employee theft.
  • Train staff to spot thieves and to watch out for suspicious behaviour.
  • Greet every person who enters the business in a friendly way. This could help to put someone off committing a crime against you or your business.
  • Remember that your safety is always more important than your property.
  • Make sure all monies coming in and going out are dealt with by different employees.
  • Randomly check deliveries, both to your business and to your customers.
  • Monitor the petty cash closely.
  • Question excessive amounts of voids, credits, or damage claims.
  • Never accept photocopies of invoices, delivery notes, etc.
  • Investigate unusual occurrences such as missing documents or unexplained absences during the working day.
  • Tell your staff to pay only for goods received and remind them not to pay for goods that have not been ordered, even if an invoice is provided.
  • Change locks and computer passwords periodically.
  • As a last resort, if you do discover theft in your business, consider prosecution.

Nottinghanshire Police website link

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