Initial business survey results show impact of crime on staff
Early feedback from a survey of businesses in Hertfordshire has underlined the impact that crime can have on employees.
The Police & Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, launched the questionnaire, which runs until mid-September, in order to find out more about the needs and experiences of businesses in relation to crime.
Some interesting themes are already emerging from the early responses with almost a third saying that the greatest impact of crime against their business was on the people working in the business and on staff morale.
Commissioner Lloyd said: “We cannot underestimate the impact business crime can have on individuals – it is not a victimless crime as the survey is already showing.”
More than 90 per cent felt that, when reporting crimes, police treated them fairly and with respect while just over 40 per cent said they would be interested in working with organisations, such as the police, in order to combat crime.
So far, the largest group of respondents is small enterprises, which includes sole traders or businesses that employ up to nine people. But there have been no responses yet from charitable or community interest organisations or limited partnerships.
Responses have come from businesses in all ten of the districts and boroughs in Hertfordshire however Dacorum, East Herts and St Albans currently account for more than two thirds. As a result the Commissioner is keen to encourage more businesses from the seven other districts and boroughs to take part.
The survey will help inform the Commissioner’s wider strategy to tackle crime against businesses in the county, so it is important that businesses of all types and in all areas respond before the survey closes on September 14.
The survey takes just a few minutes to complete and is available here. [Survey now over]
While overall crime remains low, crime against businesses accounts for almost a quarter of all recorded offences in Hertfordshire. Commissioner Lloyd made it a key priority to tackle business crime in his Police and Crime Plan, Everybody’s Business.
On July’s launch, Commissioner Lloyd said: “If you run a business of any size, from a large corporation to a sole trader, please help to protect the economic wellbeing, livelihoods and prosperity of people living across the county by taking part in this survey. 
“Even if your business has never been targeted for crime, your views are essential to help shape the strategy and help put resources and expertise where they are needed most.”