Thursday, June 17, 2010

News: Crime against business in South Yorkshire drops by nearly a quarter


A report from the South Yorkshire based Business Crime Reduction Centre (BCRC) shows that crimes against businesses were down 24% in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.

Using figures provided by South Yorkshire Police, the Centre breaks down reported crime in a number of ways including types of crime, reported value of the property stolen and the levels of crime in each of South Yorkshire's individual towns.

Although the retail sector experiences most in numbers of crimes, it is sectors such as Logistics and Engineering that show the highest monetary value of losses, giving rise to the description "low volume - high value crime."

Analysing the number of crimes committed in each of the major towns in the county shows that in Barnsley 14% of businesses were victims, Sheffield and Rotherham each saw 16% of its businesses hit by crime, while Doncaster suffered most with 20% of its businesses being victimised.

David Ransom, Director of the Business Crime Reduction Centre said: "We are delighted to be able to report such a significant drop in the number of crimes being committed against our local businesses.

"That's probably little compensation if your business has recently been victimised, however there can be no doubt that overall the picture regarding business crime is improving.

"This can only be positive for South Yorkshire, because crime is undoubtedly a brake on the forward movement of the economy."

BCRC website


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