All businesses are at risk of being victims of crime, especially outside of normal business hours when employees have gone home and buildings are left empty, unattended and vulnerable. But just how big a risk do businesses face from crime? To answer that question, we are looking at figures produced in the recent Commercial Victimisation Survey (CVS).
The CVS examines the extent of crime against businesses in England and Wales. Previously carried out in 1994, 2002 and 2012, the latest survey was carried out in 2013, with the initial results published by the Home Office in the spring of 2014.
The 2013 CVS looks at the extent of crime against business premises in four key industry sectors – A (agriculture, forestry and fishing), G (wholesale and retail trade), I (accommodation and food services activities), and R (arts, entertainment and recreation). These four sectors account for over one third of all business premises in England and Wales. The 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey (CVS) also considered crimes against manufacturing businesses, and against transportation and storage businesses.
Overall, the survey found that:
The key findings in each sector were as follows:
Wholesale and Retail Sector
Accommodation and Food Sector
Arts, entertainment and recreation sector
Agriculture, forestry and fishing sector
Transportation and storage
The types of crime considered by the survey were burglary, vandalism, vehicle-related theft, robbery, assaults and threats, theft, fraud, online crime, metal and fuel theft, chemical and livestock theft and organised crime.
If you are a business, then there is a two in five chance that you will become a victim of crime, a shockingly high figure, and one which means that businesses cannot afford to be complacent. It probably means that when you leave your business premises at night, there is a far higher chance that you will become a victim of crime than you thought.
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