Occupational Crime: Prevalence and Statistics

Occupational crime involves violations committed by an individual through opportunities that arise in the course of a legally defined occupation. This entry provides an overview of the nature of occupational crime and examines the prevalence and types of such crimes committed by employees acting against the interests of organizations, including business corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

Inventory Shrink

Since the 1990s, the National Retail Federation has conducted an annual survey of leading businesses in an array of retail sectors to assess the incidence of internal and external retail crime. Inventory shrink is the term given to the loss of merchandise in a retail organization. According to the figures gathered by the National Retail Federation, shrink as a percentage of sales amounted to 1.38%, producing US$44 billion ...

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