South Yorkshire businesses urged to help in fight against crime

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Police chiefs in South Yorkshire are urging businesses to help in the fight against crime.

They are encouraging firms to do more to protect themselves from offences including shoplifting, robbery and criminal damage.

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth, South Yorkshire Police’s lead officer for business crime, said: “We are determined to ensure that businesses feel safe and supported and have confidence to report crime.

“Whether you’re a shop keeper, landlord, butcher or engineer, we are here to protect you, to protect livelihoods and in turn protect the region’s economy.

“Through some free and simple steps, we can help keep South Yorkshire open for business and closed to criminals.

“One of our biggest assets is our team of specialist advisors who will visit you and carry out a free security survey.

“They will look at all the ways you can reduce the chances of being a victim of crime from security fencing, property marking and lighting to protection of data.

Business crime accounts for 17 per cent of all recorded crime in South Yorkshire, with shoplifting making up 66 per cent of the figure.

The second most common offence is making off without payment at petrol stations.

South Yorkshire Police has a team of business crime advisors offering to visit firms to assess their security and offer advice.

Gordon Millward, Regional Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Criminal activity is one of the major barriers to growth within the small business community.

“Whether it manifests in the simplest form of shoplifting or the more sophisticated computer fraud and data theft, business crime has a direct impact on the bottom line of the business, causing job losses and economic stagnation.”

Email businesscrime@southyorks.pnn.police.uk to book a police visit.