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Businesses and experts urged to have their say

Businesses, trade and industry specialists, and anyone else with an interest in commerce, is invited to feed back their views on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s new Business Crime Strategy for Hertfordshire.

A consultation begins today on a new plan that sets out how business crime will be tackled. Crime against businesses currently makes up a fifth of all recorded crime and has a wider impact on the local economy as well as on individuals – financially, as well as emotionally.

Hertfordshire’s Commissioner David Lloyd said: “It is both the impact and the volume of business crime which make it such an important issue to tackle. We very much rely on the prosperity and integrity of our local businesses to keep Hertfordshire such a pleasant and safe place to live.

“In my Police and Crime Plan, Everybody’s Business 2015-2020, I pledged to launch a Business Crime Strategy which will provide a framework, not only for the police but for everyone involved in commerce, from local authorities to industry associations, individual businesses and employees themselves.  To ensure it meets the needs of Hertfordshire, I would very much appreciate feedback and comments on the draft plan which will then shape the final document and ensure we have a workable plan that tackles business crime.”

The strategy has been drafted following an extensive questionnaire circulated last year to hundreds of businesses, both big and small, across the county. Follow up interviews with some of the businesses that responded also revealed the issues they face. Results showed that 59 per cent of business crime had an impact on staff morale and 30 per cent had a ‘high’ impact on loss of work time.

Key themes in the new strategy are to: engage with businesses to learn from them how best to employ crime reduction and prevention methods; support existing and new business partnership crime reduction groups; encourage and enable more reporting of crime; increase prevention advice and its effectiveness and give better support to businesses when a crime happens. There will be a focus on providing Business Impact Statements (akin to the current Victim Impact Statements) which will better inform courts, when they are making sentencing decisions, on the harm caused by criminals.

Engaging with businesses is also crucial so the plan includes a proposal for the setting up of an Independent Business Advisory Group; to continue current methods of engagement (such as rural Barn Meets and working with Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce) and work more closely with the county’s ten Community Safety Partnerships.

To read the strategy and take part in the survey please visit:
http://hertscommissioner.org (public consultations) or via ‘Latest News’.  The direct link to the webpage is: http://hertscommissioner.org/public-consultation

Comments and responses can also be sent to businesscrime@herts.pnn.police.uk

The consultation closes on 30th September 2015.