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Half of firms have experienced crime
HALF of businesses in Wiltshire have experienced crime or antisocial behaviour in the last year, according to a newly published survey.
The results of the first business crime survey carried out by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, have been made public and show that many companies responding to the survey had lost between £1,000 and £10,000 as a result of crime.
A total of 154 people completed the commissioner’s online survey in July.
Just over half of those who responded said they had experienced crime or antisocial behaviour in the last 12 months, and the majority had reported it to the police.
Nine out of ten businesses surveyed said they are taking preventative measures against crime, and almost all those who had experienced crime were taking some form of preventative measures now.
Less than a third of respondents said the level of crime and antisocial behaviour had an impact on their investment decisions but more than a third said the issues had influenced their decision about where to locate the business.
The most common problems were antisocial behaviour, vandalism, graffiti and shoplifting, while many business owners were concerned about large groups congregating and drinking outside their premises.
The consequences of business crime included cost of repairs, increased insurance premiums, the need to replace equipment and the loss of time.
Mr Macpherson said: “I am very grateful to the businessmen and women who took the time to complete my survey.
“The business community plays such an important part in the life of our city, towns and villages and I wanted to give the owners of companies the chance to have their say about crime and antisocial behaviour.
“The survey suggests that antisocial behaviour continues to be a real issue for some of those running businesses in our community.
“I intend to run this survey every year and I hope many more business people will take part in future years.”
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