Business and Homeowner Scams, Rip-Offs and Theft Stats

The majority of businesses we’ve worked with are bars, restaurants and some form of retail business (which is pretty much everybody) and homeowners. Below are the statistics for employee and customer theft, types of scams and ways you’re getting robbed and ripped off. By the way, actually stealing something is not the only type of theft there is. For example, time theft-low productivity, standing around doing nothing, texting, gossiping, checking Facebook, etc-is another way you are getting ripped off.

Just because you don’t see your type of business listed below doesn’t mean this isn’t or won’t happen to you because it is happening now or it will. It doesn’t matter what type of business you own or operate because one way or another you’re getting robbed, ripped off and scammed by your employees and/or customers. It’s sad but true. Believe it or don’t.


It is hard to believe but there aren’t a lot of homeowners that have video security systems installed and this is true in the age of cheap, junk systems that you can buy EVERYWHERE. Drive around your own neighborhood (or any neighborhood) and see how many cameras you can find on people’s homes. You won’t find any.

  • The U.S. leads the world in home break-ins.
  • The FBI says every 6 seconds a house gets broken into (by the time you’ve finished ready this page, 20 or 30 houses will have been robbed).
  • Only 17% of all homes in the U.S. have some type of security system and the other 83% without any type of security are 3 times more likely to be robbed.
  • The University of North Carolina Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology found a majority of convicted burglars say they avoided homes with camera systems, alarms and security systems.
  • The Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report states that a household member was home in 28% of burglaries and a household member suffered violence in 7% of burglaries.
  • Only 13% of burglaries are cleared by police and recovering your stuff is even less likely.
  • Average loss per burglary is about $2,200.00.
  • The FBI reports that the #1 factor in keeping homes secure is a strong security system.

Bars and Nightclubs

If you own or operate any type of bar or nightclub you should know these terms. Why? Because this stuff is happening to you.

  • Short pouring. Especially despicable. It victimizes your customer, can ruin your bar’s reputation and you get ripped off–all with a few flicks of the wrist.
  • Substitutions. A scam with many variations, substituting involves preparing drinks with less expensive liquor while still charging top prices. The bartender can enter the sale at a well or call price and pocket the difference. Nice.
  • Tapping up. In theory, the outright theft of liquor should increase a bar’s pour costs. To hide the scam, the bartender replaces the liquor stolen by adding an equal amount of water to the brands involved. Unless a hydrometer is handy, it’s difficult to detect a few ounces of water in a liter of booze.
  • Juggling. A bartender collects cash for drinks from two or more customers at once and then enters only half of the sale and deposits all the cash in the till to be pocketed later, at a better time.
  • Dropping back on defense. One reason behind-the-bar scams work is that most bartenders conduct themselves professionally. Faced with the same opportunities to pad their income, bartenders choose to look out for your best interests and perform their jobs without a hidden agenda. It’s the ethical behavior of the majority that hides the actions of the few, making it harder to find the problem and stop it for good.
  • The average loss is tens and hundreds of thousands over time to bars and nightclubs is from bartender and employee theft.


Your poor people, restaurants, like bars and nightclubs above, get ripped off, robbed and scammed every single day. And you wanna know why? Because they can get a way with it, that’s why. Put in one of our hi-def camera systems and this crap will stop within 30 days. GUARANTEED.

  • Restaurants are one of the largest employers in the U.S. (2nd only to the U.S. government).
  • At least $20,000,000,000 is stolen every year from restaurants by employees.
  • 7% of your annual revenue is lost to theft or fraud ($.07 of every $1.00).
  • 75% of employees have stolen at least once from their employer.
  • 5% of employee have stolen at least twice from their employer.
  • Employee theft continues for 18 months before being detected.
  • 35% of restaurants fail because of employee theft.
  • Like the above, the average loss is tens and hundreds of thousands over time to restaurants is from employee theft.


  • Servers-discounting, free food, void theft, dropping sales, tip fraud, credit card skimming.
  • Bartenders-over, under and short pouring, dropping sales, overcharging, tip fraud, credit card skimming.
  • Kitchen staff-product theft, “grazing”, scamming with vendors, servers and bartenders.
  • Management/back office-deposit theft, “cookin’ the books”, changing daily receipts, post voids.


  • Raw foods-right out your back door-chicken, seafood, steaks, eggs, fruits and vegetables.
  • Alcohol-free drinks, drinking on the job, taking booze home, bartender and server scams.
  • Canned and packaged foods, meals-“grazing”, free dinners, server scams.
  • Cash (straight out your register, Jack) receipt manipulation, accounts deposits, credit card info, loyalty points programs, deposit theft, “cooking the books”, changing receipts, post voids, cancel checks, POS scams.
  • Kitchen supplies-pots, pans, silverware, towels, napkins, plates, glasses.
  • Cleaning supplies-light bulbs, paper, trash bags.
  • Equipment -phones, printers, phones, clocks, chairs, tables, electronics, signs, mirrors.
  • Time -time theft, low productivity, standing around doing nothing, texting, gossiping, checking Facebook.

Retail Businesses

“Retail business” can apply to almost any business, really. These are not just clothing or record stores. Pretty much any brick and mortar business with employees and customers will do. Hourly, salary, supervisors, managers, accountants, executives, family or friends. It doesn’t matter if they’re young or old, recent hires or people working there for 30 years. You’ve worked hard and you’ve earned your success and now they’re stealing it right from under your nose (and if you refuse to believe this you’re the “emperor with no clothes”).

You work with these people for years and they smile and shake your hand while the other hand is in your back pocket stealing your wallet. In fact, they’re laughing at you, right now, behind your back. And you wanna know why all this stuff happens? Because they can get away with it, that’s why! It’s your choice: you can take back your power now or let them suck you dry until you’re unhappy, broke and out of business.

  • U.S. businesses lose at least $50,000,000,000 a year to employee theft.
  • 1 in 3 of all U.S. business failures are caused by employee theft.
  • The FBI calls employee theft “the fastest growing crime in America!”.
  • 75% of employees steal from the workplace and most do so all the time.
  • 20% of every $1 earned by a U.S. business is lost to employee theft.
  • Average loss tens and hundreds of thousands over time to a retail business from employee and customer theft.

Customer theft (shoplifting) is very common in retail businesses such as department stores, specialty shops, supermarkets, drug stores, discounters, music stores, c-stores and thrift shops.

  • More than $13,000,000,000 worth of stuff is stolen from retailers every year. That’s more than $35 million per day.
  • There are approximately 27,000,000 (1 in 11) people who shoplift. More than 10,000,000 people have been caught in the last 5 years.
  • There is no profile of a typical shoplifter.
  • Approximately 25% of shoplifters are kids, 75% are adults.
  • 55% of adult shoplifters say they started in their teens.
  • Many shoplifters buy and steal merchandise in the same visit.
  • Shoplifters commonly steal from $2 to $200 per incident depending upon the type of store and items chosen.
  • 73% of adult and 72% of juvenile shoplifters don’t plan to steal in advance.
  • Shoplifters say they are caught an average of only once in every 48 times they steal and are turned over to the police 50% of the time.
  • Approximately 3% of shoplifters are “professionals” who steal solely for resale or profit as a business. These include drug addicts, professionals who steal as a life-style and international shoplifting gangs who steal for profit as a business. “Professional” shoplifters are responsible for 10% of the total dollar losses.
  • The majority of shoplifters are “non-professionals” who steal as a response to social and personal pressures in their life.
  • The excitement generated from “getting away with it” produces a chemical reaction resulting in what shoplifters describe as an incredible “rush” or “high” feeling and is their “true reward,” rather than the merchandise itself.
  • Drug addicts, who have become addicted to shoplifting, describe shoplifting as equally addicting as drugs.
  • 57% of adults and 33% of juveniles say it is hard for them to stop shoplifting even after getting caught.
  • Most non-professional shoplifters don’t commit other types of crimes. They’ll never steal an ashtray from your house and will return to you a $20 bill you dropped. Their criminal activity is restricted to shoplifting and therefore, any rehabilitation program should be “offense-specific” for this crime.
  • Habitual shoplifters steal an average of 6 times per week, the majority of incidents occur late in the week (between Wednesday and Saturday). Other high-risk times include non-school days, late mornings and late afternoons into the evening.

Video Security Benefits

Have you read all the stats above? If so, then maybe you can guess what the benefits are of installing a QUALITY hi-def video security system in your business.These benefits of installing our hi-def video security systems is listed elsewhere on this site but it bears repeating. Some of these benefits include:

  • take back control of your business
  • stop employee and customer theft
  • reduce your liability
  • increase productivity (make more money) and end time theft
  • less headaches, worries and stress
  • be 2 places at once-view your business any time from anywhere
  • monitor your registers, inventory, entrances, exits, dumpsters, who’s comin’ and goin’, customers, employees, etc
  • review complaints
  • end waste, fraud and abuse

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