Cost-of-living crisis causing employees to steal
As the UK sees the cost of living rise even further, there has been an increase in employee stealing. This has been discovered by insurer Zurich.
The insurance firm found nearly 6,000 employees were caught stealing from their employers last year. Up from the 5,000 incidents logged in 2021. The data was collected from a Freedom of Information request to the 43 police forces in England and Wales.
These workplace theft cases mean that 500 employees a month were caught stealing. However, the amount is likely to be higher as only recorded crime was established.
The highest recorded workplace theft incidents were in Northamptonshire, with 43 incidents per 100,000 people, while the lowest was found in Dorset. But it was Lincolnshire that had the highest percentage rise with 44%.
Employee theft did decline in eight areas, these included Durham, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, and Staffordshire.