When most people think of crime, they imagine gangs of thugs roaming the streets, stealing the purses of women. But while that type of direct, violent crime is a problem, there’s also a seedy underworld of so-called “white-collar” crime that lurks just beneath the surface, out of view.

This type of crime is mostly financial. People with respectable educations and jobs fall foul of their greed and decide to use their positions to defraud others out of their money.

Most criminals in this category justify their behavior by claiming that they are committing “victimless crimes” and that taking money out of company accounts harms no-one. Unfortunately, these are not victimless crimes at all. The white-collar criminal who makes a false insurance claim puts up premiums for everyone else. So too does the criminal who fakes theft from his or her company, and then makes an insurance claim to cover the supposed losses.

White-collar crime is much more common than you might think. If you run a business, it is imperative that you understand it and take precautions to nip it in the bud before it becomes endemic in your organization.

The following infographic provides you with tonnes of information, facts, and statistics that you can use to arm yourself against the threat of white-collar crime. Not only does it provide interesting data on the problem, but it also suggests some possible solutions you can implement in your organization. If you run a business, this infographic is something you must read.

Infographic by USC