They’ve got the key but have they got a secret?

They’ve got the key but have they got a secret?

Recently employed a new member of staff or have employees responsible for key and cash handling?

Do you check that they’ve not got a criminal record first?

A surprising amount of companies in the UK trust their employees with a key to their premises or access to important information despite 72% of fraud cases in the workplace involving an insider.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Far too many firms are perhaps a little too trusting in situations like this. In recent years we have seen Annual losses estimated at £1.75 billion as a result of workplace crimes.

  • There has been a significant increase in false or misleading applications (false qualification claims and non-disclosure of criminal convictions)
  • Large organisations dismiss in the region of 100 to 150 members of staff every year for fraudulent activity
  • Employee fraud increased 18% in 2013 compared with the previous year

A common misconception is that DBS checks are just for people working with children or vulnerable adults, when the reality is that they can be used for any sector.

DBS Checks can provide peace of mind when it comes to recruitment and giving your employees important responsibilities.

Better to be safe than sorry

A DBS check can take as little as 24 hours to complete and the cost is miniscule compared to the potential loss that could occur if something detrimental happened to the company.

A DBS check doesn’t act as a barrier to stop people with a criminal record from being employed, it simply helps employers make suitable recruitment decisions.

For example, when employing a cash handler it would benefit the employer to know if a candidate had been convicted of theft.

The recent increase in workplace crime has been put down to a lack of background checking and supervision from employers.

Make sure your business is in the right hands by DBS checking your staff.

For more information please don’t hesitate to contact one of our advisors who can provide you with the key (and the secret) to a safer way!


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