A new survey from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has shown that the majority of British businesses suffered from crime last year.
The new figures show that during the last 12 months 64% of British companies have been victims of crime - a rise of 6% from the BCC's last crime survey, undertaken in 2001 - taking the average cost of crime per company to £8,000 per year.
This is particularly hard on small businesses. In Brighton & Hove a prominent group is making a stand and fighting back - The Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP). All businesses in the city (both large and small) are eligible to join up and reduce the heavy burden that business crime is imposing on the city.
Burglary and vandalism (including graffiti) are among the most common types of crime experienced by businesses - one-third of companies have been burgled during the past year, while almost one-quarter of firms report that they have suffered damage to their building and/or property.
For more information on the BCRP contact Terry Davis, Crime Manager, Brighton City Centre Business Forum on tel no: 733393.
If graffiti is a problem for you contact Soozie Campbell on tel no: 380040 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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