WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2021
Theft can shake up a business in many ways from financial hurt to reputational damage. While it is important to implement safety procedures and anti-theft systems where it matters, not all theft can be prevented or predicted. In some cases, it may even be one of your own employees who decides to steal from the company. Thankfully, there are certain insurance policies geared to cover theft for your business.
A business owners policy (BOP) combines important coverage for small businesses in low risk industries. A basic BOP combines general liability and commercial property insurance. General liability insurance covers bodily injury, property damage and personal or advertising injury claims that may face your business.
Commercial property insurance, on the other hand, is the coverage that can protect your business from property damage and financial loss caused by theft.
Property Theft Coverage
Besides general liability coverage, a basic business owners policy includes commercial property insurance, which covers:
Under this type of coverage, theft refers to the stealing of physical property owned by the insured business. There are limits to this coverage. Property/contents coverage will not compensate for physical money, billion, securities, vehicles or signs not attached to the building.
Incidents that this coverage does not cover include:
As you can see, your property insurance under your BOP has limits when it comes to theft. Thankfully, you can add coverages to cover some of the gaps.
Employee Theft Coverage
Although you vet your employees carefully and would like to think that your team would never steal, things happen. Basic property insurance won’t provide compensation if an employee steals from the business. Crime coverage, also known as employee dishonesty coverage, provides compensation if an employee or group of employees steals from the business/commits fraud. It covers against theft of property, merchandise and cash as well as embezzlement and forgery.
You can add this coverage to your BOP to enhance your theft coverage.
Optional Coverages that Cover Theft
There are other coverages that include theft that may be added to your BOP or purchased as a separate policy.
Commercial Auto Insurance: If your business frequently uses vehicles to transport products or equipment, it’s important to keep the work vehicles safe. Comprehensive coverage includes theft, even if the theft is committed by an employee.
Inland Marine Insurance: Products and equipment in transport aren’t often covered by commercial auto insurance. Inland marine insurance provides compensation for damage or loss of products and equipment due to fire, storms, vandalism and theft.
Cyber Insurance: Not everything that can be stolen is physical. Most companies store a great deal of information online, leaving themselves open to cyber-attacks. Cyber attacks occur when a hacker breaks through your company’s firewalls and damages, destroys or steals data. Cyber insurance provides compensation for stolen electronic data. It can also cover cyber extortion.
How Much Does Commercial Theft Insurance Cost?
The cost of theft coverage depends on the type of insurance and what is being insured. Expensive items or equipment will cost more to insure. The average cost of commercial auto insurance with comprehensive coverage is between $750 and $1,200 a year per vehicle. On its own, crime insurance can cost anywhere between $240 and $4,000.
There are many factors that go into these numbers:
In general, these policies don’t cover robbery or burglary. Unlike theft, burglaries and robberies are committed through force. You may purchase separate Robbery and Safe Burglary Coverage. This is especially important for businesses that carry large amounts of money within their properties, such as banks, grocery stores and gas stations.
Even with a reliable and comprehensive commercial property insurance policy in place, it is still important to take measures in order to prevent theft and vandalism. You can do so by:
Investing in high-end anti-theft and anti-burglary alarm systems
Locking up expensive items and products securely
Keeping commercial vehicles parked in a covered area that can easily be seen from the business complex/office
Entrusting only a few key employees with access to finances or other assets
If you have any questions about preventing theft or covering theft under insurance, speak with your insurance agent. They can help match you with the best BOP tailored for your business and your insurance needs by evaluating your risk and your coverage concerns.
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