Business Crime Matters

 That’s the message from Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.

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.


per hour, the total price tag of Business Crime in Staffordshire
£9.1 bill
nationally a year, the cost of fraud alone
of businesses do not report crime to police


From 26 January 2015 - a new helpline to support you and your business run by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce. Get free, impartial and confidential expert advice on what to do if your business has been affected by crime. Advisors are available from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.

01782 900239 or click here for more information

Business Crime Alerts

Protect your business. Sign up to Business Crime Alerts from Staffordshire Police.

Business Crime Strategy

Read Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis’ Business Crime Matters strategy.

 Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Staffordshire 2014