FSB: PCCs should focus on business crime

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FSB: PCCs should focus on business crime

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed the appointment of the UK's 33 new Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) following elections that took place up and down the country last week.

However, the FSB now believes that far from the hard work being over for this group, their essential tasks are just beginning, with addressing the issue of business crime something that all PCCs should place at the top of their priorities in the months and years ahead.

FSB national chairman Mike Cherry stated: "With the average cost of crime to a business now at £5,898, and instances of cyber crime on the rise, there is a real necessity to get a handle on this.

"Our policing manifesto 'Tackling business crime: FSB manifesto' is a good place for all PCCs to start. We would encourage PCCs to make contact with their local business community through the FSB and work towards forging a better relationship between police and businesses once and for all."

According to research recently published by the FSB, almost one-quarter (24 per cent) of small business owners across the UK do not currently report crimes that they face, as they believe there is little point in doing so.

Furthermore, almost half (46 per cent) of respondents argued that in the current legal system, they do not feel that positive outcomes are likely for firms that report criminal behaviour.

This is therefore a perception that the UK's new PCCs need to address.