By Jerry Mooney

Employee theft is a difficult topic to approach in the office. When you are sure that something has been stolen in the office, but you don’t know who did it, it can be awkward. How should you approach the problem? What should the first actions you take be? How should you talk to people about it? Read on to find out how to approach the case and which steps to take.



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Reserve Judgement


First of all, it’s vital that you don’t accuse people of things before you know what happened. It’s important to look at the situation objectively without jumping to conclusions. When you do jump to conclusions, it doesn’t help anyone. It simply annoys people and makes you look stupid when it turns out that they did nothing wrong. It’s very important to be clear that everyone is innocent until they have been proven guilty. You can’t ignore that, so don’t lose sight of it. Your business will suffer when you accuse innocent people of things.


Collect Evidence


Next, you should start to collect evidence. You can’t go around accusing people of things when you don’t even have any concrete evidence to support you. You can get this evidence in all kinds of ways. Of course, the first thing you should do is look at any CCTV footage that you have. In higher-risk areas of the business, you should have cameras in place. So, these should be where money is counted or where expensive items are used. If you have undeniable footage showing things being stolen, you will have all the evidence that you need. You might want to carry out interviews with employees too.

Hire the Best Help


It’s not advisable to go it alone when you are trying to find out who stole something from your office. It’s much wiser to get other people involved and have them look for ways in which the crime could have been committed. Click Here to find out how a private investigator might be able to help you out. They will be able to carry out covert investigations, looking into any evidence and following potential leads. They are experts at what they do, so it’s much better to let them get on with what they’re good at. When they find anything out, they will report back to you.



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When You’ve Done Everything Above, Take Your Final Steps


When you have gone through all the steps outlined above, it will be time to take your final steps. If the investigator you hired came back with further proof that links someone to the crime, talk to them. If you can get a confession or a supporting testimony from someone else, you’ll have enough evidence to sack someone. At this point, you might want to get the police involved too. They’ll be able to give you the support and help you need. Even if you don’t know who did it, it’s best to get the police involved at this stage because they will be able to get to the bottom of the issue.

Jerry Mooney is co-founder and managing editor of Zenruption and the author of History Yoghurt and the Moon. He studied at the University of Munich and Lewis and Clark College where he received his BA in International Affairs and West European Studies. He has recently taught Language and Communications at a small, private college and owned various businesses, including an investment company. Jerry is committed to zenrupting the forces that block social, political and economic justice. He can also be found on Twitter @JerryMooney