Path of Least Resistance- Employee Theft Investigation
Would you want to go rooting through a stinky, sticky bag of trash, every shift of every day, just to see if an employee was trying to hide merchandise in the trash bag? Probably not. I know that is not a task I would want as part of my job description, which is why it such an effective employee theft method of getting merchandise out of the store.
An employee who is trying to steal merchandise wants to find the path of least resistance. If the front doors are monitored by other employees, bag checks, cameras, or EAS alarms the employee will look to see if there is another way out. One of the ways they might stumble upon is during a trash run. The employee might notice that the back door is not monitored, alarmed, or checked. If they conceal their stolen merchandise inside of the trash bag, they might feel like they have found a way to circumvent your security protocols.
Once the bag is in a dumpster or a compactor they can go back to retrieve it at their leisure. That might be later at night after the store is closed and everyone has gone home, or it could be in an early morning hour before employees start to show up for the day.
An employee theft investigation may be warranted if you have an individual that seems a little too eager to take the trash out- especially if your back door is not monitored, or if the employee uses opaque instead of clear trash bags.
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