New PCCs urged to put business crime prevention at the heart of their role

Small businesses under-report crimes because they can't imagine a positive outcome
Small businesses under-report crimes because they can't imagine a positive outcome

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has congratulated the new Police and Crime Commissioners elected across England and Wales, and has urged them to tackle business crime more closely.

Nearly a quarter of smaller business owners (24%) do not report any crimes committed against their business. When asked why, most said they felt they would not see a positive outcome (46%). This highlights an ongoing lack of confidence in the police’s ability to deal with business crime and it is important that PCCs urgently address this issue. Business crime acts as a barrier to growth for the UK’s 5.4 million small businesses and in the worst cases, puts entrepreneurs out of business.

FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said:“With the average cost of crime to a business now at £5,898, and instances of cyber crime on the rise, there is a real necessity to get a handle on this.

“Our policing manifesto ‘Tackling business crime: FSB manifesto’ is a good place for all PCCs to start. We would encourage PCCs to make contact with their local business community through the FSB and work towards forging a better relationship between police and businesses once and for all.”