While hiring a professional cleaning service is something that can relieve a great deal of stress on your part, if you don’t fully trust the service itself or if you suspect a cleaner that they send to help you has been stealing from you, that great feeling that you once had will disappear almost instantly, and you will begin to experience a lot of worry and stress as a result.
Whenever you allow a worker to be in your home unsupervised for any amount of time, you are opening up the door for a lot of risks to be taken. Regardless of the city in which you live, hiring a cleaner that you feel may be trustworthy doesn’t necessarily mean that a theft won’t take place. This is because cleaners are given keys or are left alone in your home for an extended period to enable them to complete their tasks. Even if they aren’t out to steal anything, the overall temptation to do so may be great if they end up coming across money or other valuable items.
Here are some steps that you can take if you are suspicious that a cleaner may have stolen from you.
Verify That a Theft has Taken Place
The very first thing that you should do is obtain actual proof that a cleaner has stolen from you. While you may have found some things missing, that doesn’t necessarily mean that a cleaner is responsible for that. One great way to determine this is to purposely leave out a certain amount of money, ensuring that you put it in an area that’s easy to find and out of the way, yet, at the same time, ensuring that you’re not leaving it out to obviously make it look like bait. The more bills you have for this and in different denominations, the better. Be sure to leave this money out only when you know that the cleaner will be in your home. Once they leave, check the money to see if any of it is missing.
Another great way to verify if a theft has taken place in your home is to install security cameras, which will also allow you to see who is taking part in the theft itself. These can be hidden in several different locations; however, you should have a basic knowledge of both technology and computers to install them.
What to Do Once You Obtain Proof
Once you obtain proof that a cleaner has stolen something from you in your home, there are a couple of different courses of action that you can take. First, you can contact the police if the cleaner that you hired was not through an agency. Inform the police of exactly what you have discovered. Second, if the cleaner that you hired was through house cleaning services, you can either contact them to inform them what happened or you can go directly to the police. If you choose to go to the police, be sure that you have the full name and address of the cleaning employee. Never confront the cleaner directly because they will likely end up disappearing without returning any of the items that they stole from you.
Once you start to notice any items going missing from your home, start to keep a record of this. This will allow you to verify exactly what has been stolen, which you can then provide to the police when you report the theft. Additionally, make sure that any cleaning service that you hire is completely reliable. This includes making sure that the company is both fully insured and bonded. If they are, then you will be able to have your stolen items either returned to you or be reimbursed for the full value of them.