Business Crime In The UK

Published on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 7:44 AM

Commercial Crime Victimisation Survey

The 2016 Crime Victimisation Survey, conducted by the Home Office, looks at the crime against businesses in England and Wales. The findings of this survey are detailed below:

Wholesale & Retail Security

In the Wholesale & Retail sector, the survey found that, in 2016, 13,426 incidents of crime occurred per 1,000 premises. This has dropped significantly from 2012, where the figure was close to 20,000 (19,701 incidents per 1,000 premises). However, this rate has increased slightly from 2013 (13,070 incidents) and 2015 where the figure dropped to 12,358 incidents. This is the highest crime rate compared to all other sectors.

Shoplifting accounts for 67% of all crime against the Wholesale & Retail sector. The average cost of shoplifting per victim has risen from £237 in 2012 to £500 in 2016. This increase is statistically significant. Although the average cost of shoplifting per victim has risen dramatically in the last 4 years, there has been no change in the number of businesses that reported shoplifting, sticking at 40%.

Transportation & Storage Security

The Transportation & Storage sector saw a significant decrease in the number of crime incidents occurring per 1,000 premises. In 2012, there were 5,824 incidents per 1,000 premises, compared to 2,575 in 2016. The most common types of crime in this sector are fraud, assaults and threats, and theft. Similarly to the decrease in crime incidents, the proportion of premises that experienced crime fell from 40% in 2012 to 24% in 2016.

Administration & Support Security

In the Administration & Support sector, the CVS found that there were 1,504 incidents of crime per 1,000 premises. This sector was only added to the CVS for 2016, so there are no comparable figures to judge whether this number has increased or decreased over the past few years. It was found that 18% of premises experienced crime in 2016.

Online Security

Online crime is becoming increasingly common, especially with businesses. Recent cyber-attacks affected companies such as the NHS, which led to international companies such as FedEx and Germany’s rail operator. The proportion of premises that experience online crime in 2016 is: Admin & Support sector – 18%, Wholesale & Retail – 16% and Transport & Storage – 12%. The most common types of online crime are computer viruses, hacking and website vandalism.

Safes For Business

Protecting your business from such criminal activities could seem like a daunting or even impossible task. However, by implementing some simple security measures, your business should become harder to penetrate or steal from. 

Read this article from Associated Security to find out some more security tips for businesses - Security Tips For Businesses. Alternatively, you can also check out one of our past blog posts How To Secure Your Business.

At SMP, we believe the safety and security of our customers and clients are of utmost importance. This is why we specialise in providing and manufacturing the highest quality and standard of security products. 

We have a wide range of options to choose from to improve the security of your business, such as, secure cabinets, access control and possibly the most vital to ensuring protection, commercial safes. A collection of our products is also available to be insured, meaning that if the worst were to happen, you still wouldn’t be at a loss. 

Call us on 01952 585 673 to find out more.