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date: 17 September 2021

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Employee theft is a serious crime that creates large social and economic problems. However, it has received relatively little attention from crime scholars. Because the effects of employee theft are wide-ranging and potentially very significant, it is important to develop mechanisms to reduce opportunities for this type of crime. This chapter discusses the variety of behaviors considered to constitute employee theft, what is known about the sources of employee motivation, the role the criminal justice system and businesses play in addressing employee theft, and the potential for partnerships among criminal justice agencies and businesses to reduce theft and increase guardianship. It is argued that an increased focus upon these crimes will lead to crime prevention strategies that reduce the opportunity for employee theft, while also aiding law enforcement and businesses as they deal with this issue.

Keywords: employee theft, businesses, crime prevention, law enforcement, guardianship

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