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Solving the Problem of Theft from the University's Workforce

NCJ Number
Campus Law Enforcement Journal Volume: 31 Issue: 2 Dated: March/April 2001 Pages: 21-23
Troy Williamson
Karen E. Breseman
Date Published
April 2001
3 pages
This paper reviews the problem of internal theft by the University of Central Florida’s workforce and the implementation of prevention measures to combat the problem.
Internal theft is the unlawful act of taking property belonging to another without the owner’s consent. The reduction of internal theft can take many forms with prevention remaining the best form. The first plan of action is determining what types of surveillance equipment are required and where to place them. At the University of Central Florida, the Criminal Investigation Division implemented a unique technique to handle increasing incidents of internal employee theft throughout the campus. The preventive tools selected were pinhole surveillance cameras and anti-theft powder(s) that are very hard to see and remove from skin and clothing. In addition to these tools, preventing internal theft involves cooperation among management the key to a successful investigation. Timely incident reports are a first step, as well as management’s awareness of any employees suspected involvement in the criminal activity. Four scenarios are presented offering creative thought for an organization’s investigative unit. In summary, prevention is the key to solving crime. Proper inventory controls, hiring practices, background checks, credible wages, benefits, and an employee orientation emphasizing intolerance to theft are important steps in the prevention process.