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5 Ways to Prevent Employee Dishonesty and Theft

Employee theft & Employee Dishonesty is something that every small business should be aware of. Your employees' things may negatively affect your revenue or cause losses due to theft of money, securities, or property. This workplace crime also includes burglary and destruction. Here are seven things you can do to protect your business from potential theft:

1. Surveillance Systems – Surveillance systems offer security for your business & protection for your employees. Keep backup copies of your surveillance video footage to ensure that you are covered in case of theft, whether that is due to an employee or not – Another good idea is to store the footage offsite in case of a fire, flood, theft, or other disasters – How many people have the keys to your office space?

2. Get Employee Dishonesty Insurance – (Also known as a Fidelity Bond) Protect your business from financial loss due to fraud committed by an employee or even a group of employees. People often ask what is covered by employee dishonesty insurance, and here are the basics:

  • Alteration or Forgery

  • Transfer Fraud

  • Computer Fraud

  • Credit Card Fraud

  • Money Order or Counterfeit Fraud

  • Stolen Goods/Property

  • Remote Access Fraud

3. Track petty cash & items that are commonly stolen – Keeping track of your assets (big or small) is essential, as is knowing where/how your little cash is being spent. Let’s take a look at the top 8 most commonly stolen office items:

  • Pens, pencils, and highlighters. According to, 82% of employees have admitted to stealing these items.

  • Paper products. Think of notebooks, sticky notes, and printing paper. 35% of employees admit these items randomly disappear from the office

  • Paper or Binder Clips. Surveys show 28% of workers noticed these items getting pinched.

  • Staplers.

  • Scissors.

  • Printer Ink

  • Binders

4. Check The References – This is an easy and obvious solution to understanding your potential employees' history & character. Ask specific questions, such as the persons' delay, social skills, or any issues with the employee. Other questions include: How did the employee handle conflict/stress? Would you rehire the employee? And Were they promoted during his employment?

5. Reward System – Offer rewards for employees who turn in other employees who have stolen goods, cash, or other items. To convey to employees, stealing a pen, stamp, or a few paperclips shouldn’t be an issue (unless done on a large scale). Things such as giving items/food away for free (such as a family member or friend), stealing essential products, or even using company items specifically for personal use fall under this reward system.

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