The number of workers stealing from their employers in Hull has risen by almost 20 per cent.
The area is something of a hotspot for people stealing from their workplace, with a higher than average rate of this type of crime.
An analysis of police data by the Mail has revealed that there were 66 crimes recorded in Hull the 12 months to June this year where workers had stolen from their employer.
That is an increase of almost 20 per cent from the year before, when 56 counts of employee theft were recorded in the area.
In comparison, the number of times employees stole from their bosses has actually gone down by 5 per cent in the past year across England and Wales.
In November, Anthony Bowes was jailed for stealing “at least” £25k from Savoy Auto Tyres. Bowes was the longest-serving employee at the family-run business in Savoy Road, east Hull, and was found to be taking about £100 per day. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Another employee jailed for theft was Jason Metcalfe, who in October was found to have taken £89,000 from The Deep’s gift shop. The 43-year-old was jailed for two years and three months after being found guilty of stealing money from two penny press souvenir machines and putting fake refunds through the tills to fund his gambling addiction.
At the beginning of the year, Julie Parker was ordered to pay back £19,000 she had taken from Alexandra Health Centre, where she was employed as manager. Parker had to put her house on the market to repay the money she had fraudulently claimed by awarding herself salary increases.
Statistics show there were 10,250 cases of theft from employers committed across England and Wales last year, and 10,824 committed in 2014-15. That is 18 incidents of employee theft for every 100,000 people in England and Wales.
In Hull, the rate was higher – there were 25 incidents of employees stealing from their bosses for every 100,000 people living in the area.
Meanwhile, the number of incidents went down in the East Riding, with 38 offences committed in the past year compared to 46 in 2014-15. The area has one of the lowest rates of this type of crime, with just 11 incidents for every 100,000 residents in the county.