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A violence or threat assessment for your workplace is one of the best investments you can make for your business. A violence or threat assessment not only protects your employees from imminent risks, but also prevents financial losses from theft, violence, and litigation. Workplace violence is on the rise, and that means leadership must be vigilant about identifying potential threats within their business. With Lauth’s violence & threat assessment services and professional intervention, you can rest easy knowing your business and your employees are protected.

Private investigators share many skillsets with risk assessment investigators or firms. When it comes to preventing violence in your workplace, having a threat assessment investigator with diverse human experience can provide crucial context in violence or threat assessment. Private investigators can conduct illuminating background checks on employees and assess the relevant factors in their history that might indicate they could potentially be violent, including criminal history, and employment history. Our violence & threat assessment team can also provide insight into how prepared and protected your business is for an act of workplace violence, both on a minimal and monumental scale.

How Lauth can help you with your threat & violence assessment

Surveillance

Lauth uses the latest in surveillance technology to expose the unseen factors within any workplace. Our investigators have a wealth of experience in threat identification and risk assessment with regards to the safety of the workplace.

Background Checks

Lauth uses verified databases to secure a comprehensive background report on teh relevant Subjects in the case. Lauth’s investigators are trained to view a person’s criminal, financial, address, and litigation history to identify significant risk factors and provide expert recommendations for our clients and their businesses.

Undercover operations

Our investigators have the necessary toolchest to conduct objective, covert undercover operations within any organization seeking the unseen factors in any workplace.

Risk assessment

Our investigators will survey brick-and-mortar worksites and offices for structural vulnerabilities, or identify cracks in your digital security or both! We provide comprehensive reports and expert recommendations.

Why clients need our services

When dealing with targeted violence and violence prevention, law enforcement cannot or will not help those who may be effected by it if there is not a pattern of escalation in an individual’s behavior. For instance, a feeling or gut instinct about an aloof or unfriendly employee/coworker is not enough cause for law enforcement to intervene prior to any incidents of violence. There must be a documented escalation of concerning behavior for law enforcement to be able to take preventative action towards an individual who might be a risk to their coworkers. Depending on the location and geosocial makeup of the jurisdiction, law enforcement might simply lack the professional experience to know when an individual is escalating concerning behavior.

A violence or threat assessment can save both lives and money. The number of incidents of workplace violence are tragically on the rise. Active shooter events and other forms of workplace violence can disrupt a corporation for the worse, leading to millions lost in man hours, medical costs, lost productivity, and most importantly, human lives. Take the proactive approach with Lauth Investigations International and let our threat assessment team provide you with the crucial context you need to protect your employees. We use comprehensive intelligence services to provide corporations and organizations with the solutions they need to improve their business from within and propel them forward.  

Mitigating violence with threat assessments

Violence in the workplace can take many forms, and usually begins with a dispute between employees. However exclusive or minimal the dispute may appear at the time, without intervention, it can be a pressure cooker set to explode in the future. That’s why a violence or threat assessment is necessary for any business that has reason to believe their employees could turn violent and prevent tragedy. The insurmountable news stories that we often hear about disgruntled employees who return to their worksite with intent to exact targeted violence against their coworkers have been more numerous in recent years, prompting leadership to reinvest in a violence & threat assessment as part of their regular oversight.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, shootings accounted for 79% of all workplace homicides in 2016. Violence statistics from the Office of Victims of Violent Crime indicate this number has not only risen dramatically but will continue to rise. The number of mass shootings was nearly 2.5 times greater over the last ten years—greater than the mass shootings that occurred between 1998 and 2007. Even if a corporation did not have reason to believe one of their own employees could be at risk for violence, 70% of all active shooter events take place in a business/commerce setting. Many of these violence statistics could have been prevented with a threat assessment.

Risk assessment & prevention

The most mystifying tragedies of workplace violence are ones where violence appears to occur out of nowhere. When a potential threat is not detected, it can leave employees reeling from the idea such a dangerous person could be working amongst them without their knowledge. In cases such as these, it’s not uncommon for the background screening tools used in the hiring process are either lacking or non-existent. These comprehensive background screenings are a form of intervention and oversight that can save lives. They provide an opportunity for a hiring agent to exercise intervention by flagging that applicant. Private investigators can develop comprehensive background checks on subjects of interest in preventing workplace violence. In a behavioral threat assessment, they identify the relevant factors in a subject’s history that might be indicators of violence, such as criminal history or work history. We compile all relevant factors into our threat assessment so we can make the best recommendation possible to our clients.

Private investigators can also assess the security of brick and mortar locations of businesses and organizations to determine how vulnerable their work sites might be to targeted violence. At Lauth, our investigators are also able to assess a corporation’s security measures and evaluate how they would prevent loss of life in an instance of workplace violence. Our threat assessment professionals can also evaluate a business’s targeted violence response plan, and determine how prepared their employees are to respond in situation concerning targeted violence, such as an active shooter event.

Risk assessment & corporate culture audits

Workplace violence, especially when caused by a dispute between coworkers, can sometimes be connected a specific, pervasive issue within the corporation or organization, like a hostile work environment, low employee morale, or repeated instances of discrimination. These problems need professional intervention, or tragedy is doomed to repeat itself within a business or corporation. Lauth private investigators can conduct a corporate culture audit in order to determine how the culture of an organization or a business could be contributing to a more serious problem within their internal structure. For every dollar corporations and organizations invest in their culture and safety, they will expect a $3 return in profit as the corporate culture improves from within.

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Risk management is important for professional investigators to consider for each case accepted. Risks that are recognized can be prepared for and circumvented, while hazardous surprises can always spell disaster for any assignment.

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