According to, in order to combat larceny, companies employ zero tolerance policies that forbid workers from taking from the company inventory. Such rules can be effective, but only if they are enforced regularly. Problems may arise if members of high ranking management decide to bend regulations and help themselves to some of the inventory for personal use. This kind of inconsistent application of the rules could cause the very larceny that a North Carolina employer wishes to avoid.

To take one example, if a worker that is lower on the company ladder observes a manager making off with tech from the inventory even though company rules forbid it, the worker may feel resentful and motivated to commit larceny since the manager apparently does not care about the rules. A sense that there are two sets of rules for two groups of employees can lead the aggrieved workers to simply not care about following or enforcing the zero tolerance requirements.

For this reason, it is important that if the rules are meant for all workers, then those higher on the company ladder must show that they respect the rules as well. It is also a good idea for employers to provide incentives to workers to maintain the company’s inventory and to show appreciation when they do a good job. Building this sense of goodwill can help erase motivations for workers to steal from the company.

The added harmony of the workplace will also provide less motivation for malicious parties to commit larceny since inventory regulations are being enforced. A worker who is encouraged by positive incentives will be more likely to report a worker who actually is stealing from the workplace. Additionally, an environment where stealing is less likely to occur can also decrease the chances that an innocent worker may be accused of larceny.

Company larceny can take many forms, and it is possible a person may be suspected of larceny despite actually being innocent of the charge. For these reasons, you should not consider this article as legal advice. Read it only for general information purposes.