Magazine article Risk Management

Office Creepers

Magazine article Risk Management

Office Creepers

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Since the early 1990s, the problem of "office creeping" has been increasingly costly to businesses. Office creepers dress like normal employees, and once inside the building, blend in with the staff while looking for unattended laptops and any other valuable possessions. All it takes is a few seconds to slip a laptop under a coat of in a briefcase, and walk out the door.

Creepers have also been known to pose as repairmen or delivery personnel. In this case, thieves are usually given entrance by employees, or by use of an unwittingly unlocked back door. While employees are looking for someone to sign for a package, thousands of dollars' worth of equipment is taken.

Because no conspicuous evidence of theft--no broken glass, no finger prints, and no trace of anyone--is left, this crime is often undetectable and very difficult to stop. One measure to avoid office creepers is to maintain a strict visitor identification policy. …

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