Investigations into employee theft have increased dramatically and the logistics and warehousing industry is not alone in issues of employee theft. It is an area where thefts such as fuel and product are a serious issue.
These types of crime are often not considered a priority for the police; therefore, organisations are reluctant to report them. Consequently, thefts can go on for long periods and negatively impact cost and reputation. According to CIFAS, the economic and employment challenges facing many in the UK are undoubtedly the increase in dishonest actions and theft by employees.
Fraud perpetrated by either management or employees accounted for 80% of the financial loss through fraud experienced by UK businesses in 2012. In our experience, there is no reason to believe that the situation has changed.
Expert Investigations Group is the UK’s leading commercial investigation agency, with almost two decades worth of experience in employee theft. With a substantial team of former specialised police detectives, a team of military special forces officers and professionals trained in risk management. We have investigated many differing cases within the logistics and warehousing sector and have seen how this can undermine the reputation of a company while also having a detrimental effect on company profit margins.
Here are some examples:
Theft of Fuel
It was believed an employee was found to be stealing fuel from their logistics employer spanning a period of 10 years equating to over £30,000. Utilising methods such as vehicle tracking, surveillance and observation Expert Investigations gathered enough evidence to assist in suspending and eventually prosecuting the employee.
Theft of Product
It was believed that an employee was stealing product from the client’s warehouse to sell on an internet site. Through surveillance, observation, database research, and undercover work, enough evidence was gathered to prove that the employee including others from the warehouse team, including a manager, were working together. Evidence was gathered showing removal and storage of the product from the warehouse into private premises, which were then found to be placed onto the internet to sell. All employees were suspended and later prosecuted for theft of over £40,000.