Tuesday, December 15, 2015

News: Campaign launched to drive down business crime

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South Yorkshire Police is urging businesses to join forces and back a new campaign to form a crime-fighting superpower.

With the message: "You Don't Need Superpowers to Protect your Business," the aim is to showcase the free services available and encourage businesses to work with the force to protect themselves and their staff against crime.

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth, force lead for business crime at South Yorkshire Police, said: "This campaign is all about empowering businesses and making sure that they know what support is available.

"We are determined to ensure that businesses feel safe and supported and have confidence to report crime.

"Whether you're a shop keeper, landlord, butcher or engineer, we are here to protect you, to protect livelihoods and in turn protect the region's economy.

"Through some free and simple steps, we can help keep South Yorkshire open for business and closed to criminals."

From shoplifting and metal theft, arson and burglary, to fraud and assault, business crime is defined as any criminal offence committed against a person or property that has a connection to a business.

It currently accounts for around 17% of all recorded crime in South Yorkshire with shoplifting making up 66% of that figure.

The second most common offence is making off without payment at petrol stations, followed by using fake plates when making off without payment, burglary, criminal damage and theft from motor vehicles.

To address the issue, South Yorkshire Police has a dedicated business crime group as well as a team of business crime advisors.

Chief Insp Butterworth added: "One of our biggest assets is our team of specialist advisors who will visit you and carry out a free security survey.

"They will look at all the ways you can reduce the chances of being a victim of crime from security fencing, property marking and lighting to protection of data.

"Businesses can also access a free "bizkit" on our website that features information about a variety of subjects including cyber security, lone working, cash on premises and social media.

"They will also find regular crime prevention features, links to national websites, spotlights on emerging trends, contact details, campaign updates and interviews with members of the business crime team."

South Yorkshire Police website

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