"Safe at Work"

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

GTO manufacturing president Joe Kelley has made office security a priority. Workers undergo background checks, he audits his books four times a year and a high-tech video and audio surveillance system keeps watch for anyone who might try to help themselves to inventory from either inside or outside the company.

Joe Kelley says, "The cost to a business can be devastating. It's also something that would be very difficult to track unless you had a sophisticated security system."

It’s something too many businesses learn the hard way. Employee theft accounts for nearly half of the $27 billion lost every year in Florida to workplace crime.

The Florida attorney general’s office teamed up with prosecutors and other crime prevention advocates to bring attention to the crisis through the new “safe at work coalition.”

They’re hoping outreach efforts and education will make more businesses take security. Workplace crime isn’t just about lost money. Violence in the workplace killed 639 people nationwide in 2001.

Part of the solution is limiting access. At GTO, no one gets in without a security badge. GTO sales director Kevin Peaden says he also appreciates the locked facility and extra lighting.

Kevin says, “It's nice to know and feel secure, that you’re not having to worry about that and can concentrate on your work."

Cutting losses in half would save enough money for employers to offer health insurance to half a million more workers.


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