How does a theft become noticeable in the company and how can it be prevented?
Theft in your business can manifest itself in a number of ways, and it always pays to keep your eyes and ears open. Often, the theft is not discovered until inventory is taken or irregularities are noticed in accounting or warehousing, so regular inventory within these points is an essential aspect of combating theft. The inventory in particular is crucial here and brings irregularities to light – experts refer to deviations as the so-called inventory difference. Even if goods are missing or partially damaged, there may be an indication of theft. In some cases, moreover, conspicuous behavior on the part of employees can be an indication of theft, for example, when employees repeatedly work overtime voluntarily or the same group repeatedly wants to work together at certain times.
To effectively prevent corporate theft, there are several measures you should take. One way of doing this is to introduce security measures such as alarm systems, surveillance cameras or security gates; they contribute to an overall sensitizing mood and act true to the motto “trust is good – control is better”. For this purpose, it is useful to install stronger control of goods movements and inventories, so that the measures can work together.
Another crucial factor is raising employee awareness of the issue of theft prevention. This is where training and workshops can help raise awareness and make employees aware of the importance of theft prevention. In addition, clear rules and processes for security compliance should be established and communicated so that every employee knows who to contact at all times during their employment and what channels are available to them if something comes to their attention within their colleagues. We are available to you at all times as a contact partner and team of experts.
In addition, open communication and a positive work atmosphere can help employees identify more strongly with the company and thus be less inclined to commit theft and harm their own company. Involving employees in improving safety measures can also help them feel a stronger sense of belonging to the company and accept and implement these measures.