Business crime features as a priority for the new Warwickshire Police Crime Commissioner, has averaged just under 553 offences per month reported within the county and is acknowledged by Warwickshire Community Safety Partnership as a cross-cutting theme within their CSP priorities. But what exactly is business crime?
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), together with the National Business Crime Forum (NBCF) use the following definition:
“Business Crime is any criminal offence that is committed against a person or property which is associated by the connection of that person or property to a business”.
Therefore business crime is not a crime type in itself but is an ‘interest marker’ given to any criminal offence taking place in or around a business.
Attached are extracts from a report circulated to the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board which examined what business crime looks like in Warwickshire both at a county level and broken down to ward level for each district/borough. There is also a section detailing what is being done by partners to prevent/minimise the impact of business crime.
The key findings from the report are as follows:
- Just over one fifth of all recorded crime in Warwickshire is classified as business crime
- Shoplifting offences make up 43% of business crime in the county
- More than half of all business crime in the county takes place in Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough (26.5%) and Warwick District (24%)
- Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough had the highest proportion of shoplifting offences with 55%