Companies urged to renew drive against crime

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An expert on business crime in South Yorkshire has urged companies not to drop their guard, after it was revealed that Sheffield was one of the 10 areas of the country hardest hit by the phenomenon.

David Ransom, director of the Sheffield-based Business Crime Reduction Centre, says many businesses are reluctant to spend money on security in the current harsh economic times.

However, Mr Ransom adds, there are cost-free security solutions that businesses can adopt.

BCRC offers businesses a ‘one-stop-shop’ for advice on reducing crime reductionthrough its team of business advisers who conduct free security surveys of companies, assessing their vulnerabilities and providing detailed recommendations on reducing threats.

BCRC has helped nearly 2,000 businesses across Yorkshire since January 2012.

According to the latest Business Crime Index, produced by AXA Insurance, business crime has dropped by 14 per cent across the UK.

Despite this, Yorkshire and the Humber still has seven business crime hotspots above the national average, including Sheffield, placed ninth in the UK for business crime; Hull, in second place; Bradford in third and Wakefield in seventh.

n BCRC works in partnership with Yorkshire-based charity, People United Against Crime and Police forces in South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Humberside.

The organisation is part financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.