If you've had little experience in the varied aspects involved with conducting professional investigations, I suggest that you:
- File a report with your local law enforcement agency and let agency personnel investigate the event (please file a report anyway, regardless of your other decisions); and
- Run -- don't walk -- to a reputable course that will give you the investigative knowledge that you need. If you can't find such a course, contact your local law enforcement academy (nearly every county provides one) and ask the academy director to locate an appropriate instructor for you. Then get the other auditors and security officers in your region to offer your own course that the instructor should tailor to your needs.
First published on BankersOnline.com 10/21/02