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Debt by 1,000 Paper Clips: Office-Supply Theft Rises

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Two-thirds of people responding to a Vault.com survey said they've taken office supplies from work, and a majority said they don't consider it stealing.

Most popular items (in order): pens, Post-It notes, envelopes, notepads, paper, paper clips, highlighters, markers, rubber bands, stamps and blank CDs. Three percent admitted stealing pricey items, such as office chairs and software.

Advice: Write a theft policy that mentions office supplies; then store the supplies where everyone can see them, or lock supply closets and distribute supplies as needed.

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