In a sobering statistic, one out of every 27 employees was apprehended for theft from their employer in 2016.

That’s according to “The 29th Annual Retail Theft Survey,” conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, a loss prevention and inventory shrinkage control consulting firm. The survey is based on reports on over 380,000 shoplifting apprehensions that took place in 23 large retail companies, representing 16,038 stores with combined 2016 annual sales in excess of $370 billion.

“Over the years, Hayes International has witnessed a steady and signifi-cant rise in this serious problem,” the report…