Mr Ellis is pointing out the real cost to companies in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and driving change to end the perception that such offences are “victimless” crimes. The total price tag of burglary, shoplifting, robbery, criminal damage, theft and other offences against businesses in Staffordshire is estimated at over £7,300 per hour. Fraud alone costs companies £9.1 billion nationally a year. And, worryingly, according to the Federation of Small Businesses, over a third (39 per cent) of businesses do not report crime to police.
A new strategy to tackle business crime has been commissioned by Mr Ellis, spearheaded by his deputy Sue Arnold, herself a former president of Southern Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce.
Businesses can sign up to receive free business crime alerts which deliver specifically targeted updates to you and your business about crime issues that could affect your business. Updates may include details of crime prevention measures, descriptions of offenders and appeals for information alongside more general updates about our work to keep crime down. Businesses crime alerts are provided by Staffordshire Smart Alert
Protect your business from cyber criminals
A new campaign to raise awareness about online crime has been launched to help prevent people and businesses becoming victims as well as reduce the amount of money criminals snatch from people through the internet. You can find out more about the Cyber Safe Staffordshire campaign where you can get involved and become a campaigner against cyber crime. All you need to do is share the messages to help us reach as many people and businesses in Staffordshire as we can. Messages can be found on Twitter @StaffsPCC and on the OPCC Facebook page.
I’m calling for a new approach that treats business crime more seriously, where company owners get the support they need.
Businesses need to know that crime against them is never ‘victimless’ and that they will not be forgotten.