Exploring Employee Theft Cooper Hayes 2006
Exploring Employee Theft
Miles Cooper and Read Hayes
Employee deviance affects all organizations. As part of a process improvement initiative, an exploratory investigation into employee theft at a single national retail company was conducted to develop data for enhancing crime and loss control efforts. Uni-variate and multi-variate analyses of 181 employees apprehended for theft were conducted to better understand who is involved in employee theft. Almost 65% of the reported incidents involved more than one offender. Merchandise was more frequently stolen than cash, and the median theft amount was $200 per incident. Individual and situational characteristics such as company type, work location, age, and tenure helped predict the type of property stolen.