Many employers do not consider violence to be a realistic threat to their workplaces, but workplace violence is in fact widespread and a source of significant potential liability for companies.

On average, approximately 1.7 million violent crimes occurred annually in U.S. workplaces between 1993 and 1999, accounting for 18 percent of all violent crime during that seven-year period, according to a U.S. Department of Justice study. In terms of lost wages and unused workdays, such crimes cost employers and workers more than $55 million each year, the DOJ reported.

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