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Insider Theft Investigations

Insider theft in an organization or company originates from people within the organization; they can be employees, prior employees, contractors or various types of business associates who are privy to inside information concerning the organization’s security practices, merchandise, inventory, finances, data and computer systems. The single greatest threat to a successful company comes from the inside.

Various form of Insider Theft can include:

  • Employee Theft
  • Data Breach
  • Intellectual Property Theft
  • Corporate Espionage
  • Fraud
  • Industry Sabotage
  • Cargo Theft

Insider Theft from Employees

There are countless ways where employees can steal from an employer.  Depending on the type of business, common ways include taking cash, stealing merchandise, fraudulent returns, discounts, gift cards and discounts and manipulation or falsification of inventory logs.

Case Example: Insider Theft

A large electrical contractor with multiple offices, warehouses and dozens of employees had a very poor process for documenting the checkout and return of expensive wiring and other materials. This made the company an easy target for insider theft.

Undercover surveillance confirmed the suspected insider theft by catching some of the employees stealing large spools of copper wire and storing it in on of the employees garage.  The insider theft amounted to thousands of dollars in losses per month for the company.

In House Investigation of Insider Theft

If you suspect insider theft at your company, your first step should be to contact a licensed Private Investigator for a free case analysis.  Our experienced Orlando private investigators will be happy to strategize with you on the proper way to handle the situation.

If you want to initiate the an in-house loss prevention investigation for insider theft, first understand that you must be very cautious.  If you proceed with an investigation unprepared or fire employees without the proper evidence, chain of custody or investigative procedures, you may be subject to a devastating and costly wrongful termination lawsuit or other damages based on lack of knowledge of investigative laws, practices and the rights of those suspected of insider theft.

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Internal Theft Prevention

Internal theft prevention includes training and awareness of internal theft, and confirmation that the company will not tolerate it.  This includes criminal prosecution of the suspected employee when appropriate.  A clear understanding of the companies’ position on employee theft is often enough to dissuade other employees from attempting to steal from you.  Management must take proactive steps to eliminate any opportunities to exploit company resources. Comprehensive policies and procedures with an emphasis on inventory control are critical to the future of your business.

Evaluate your internal procedures and inventory control:  

Weak inventory control policies and procedures are a typical opening for insider theft.  Finding these weaknesses will help reduce future risks and create a list of potential suspects.

Run comprehensive, professional background checks:

There are countless companies online that advertise very inexpensive “Background Checks”.  The problem is they are based on basic public record searches and the information is often inaccurate and notoriously stale…sometimes more than a year old.

Only a licensed private investigator can run a real, comprehensive background check.

Maintain accurate records and document everything:

It is always critical to clearly and accurately document all evidence of insider theft. Licensed private investigators can provide electronically date and time-stamped evidence, photos, videos and documentation that will address and counter any risks should any employees decide to sue your company for false accusations or wrongful termination.

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Private Investigator Orlando | Insider Theft Investigations

If you have any questions, private investigative needs or if you need to have a confidential consultation regarding an Insider Theft, you can call or text me at 407-900-4972 (Orlando) or email us at [email protected]

By: Matt Aubin

Orlando Main Private Investigation Office: 844-307-7771

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