Crime can happen anywhere, even in the best of neighborhoods. Another place that crime can happen is in the workplace. Many companies fail to put safeguards in place that protect their employees, often because they do not realize that those safeguards are needed. With that in mind, some employees are becoming increasingly concerned about crime in the workplace, and what their risk of workplace crime really is, as the world heads into 2016.
Workplace crime falls into several categories.
Workplace crime also falls into a lot of different categories, with some types of crimes being more of a safety concern than others. Violent crimes are often more of a worry for employees, whereas property crimes such as theft are a larger focus of employers who do not want to have their items stolen. Both types of crime should be studied, though, because they can be very significant for employers, employees, and customers of nearly any type of business.
There are indications that workplace crime has been on a downward trend for a number of years, and that trend does not show any signs of stopping or reversing. That does not mean that workplace crime will not happen in 2016 and beyond, but only that the number of crimes that occur in the workplace are not growing. That is very good news for employers and employees, as well as customers. Everyone who comes into a business, whether they work there or not, wants to feel safe. Statistics show that the opportunity to feel safe is greater now than it ever was in the past. The National Crime Prevention Council offers a few tips, though, for those who may be at risk or who may be worried about crimes occurring in their workplace.
Naturally, taking care in the hiring process is one of the biggest ways to reduce violence and other types of workplace crime. That helps to ensure that only the best and safest employees are hired, and that all employees can be trusted not to steal from the company or harm others. By checking credentials and verifying references, there is a higher chance that only good employees will be selected, and that any problems with a person’s background will come to light before an offer of employment is extended. While that does not guarantee workplace safety, it does help to continue the downward trend of workplace crime into 2016 and moving forward.
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