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Crime Against Businesses: Detailed Findings From the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey

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Date Published
June 2013
87 pages
This second release of data from Great Britain's 2012 Commercial Victimization Survey (CVS) focuses on criminal victimization in four industry sectors: manufacturing, wholesale and retail, transportation and storage, and accommodation and food.
Forty-six percent of the premises included in the survey had experienced at least one of the main crime types covered in the survey. In incidents of burglary with entry, the most commonly reported entry was through a wooden or glass door (36 percent of incidents), or a metal door, roller door, or shutter (17 percent of incidents). Goods or stock were the items most often reported stolen in burglary incidents (37 percent of incidents). The most common form of vandalism experienced was damage to some part of a company's buildings (64 percent). Of the premises that had experienced robbery and attempted robbery, almost 91 percent reported that the most recent incident occurred at their premises. The most common items stolen were goods and stock; however, in 35 percent of cases, the robbery was not successful, so nothing was stolen. Of those businesses whose employees had been victims of assaults or threats, the most common type were threats by a customer (80 percent of incidents). Employees were physically injured in 12 percent of cases of assault or threat. Goods or stock were stolen in 88 percent of the most recent incidents of theft by customers, largely driven by the wholesale and retail sector, where 94 percent of incidents involved the theft of goods or stock. The type of fraud experienced by surveyed businesses varied, depending on the type of perpetrator. Credit, debit, or store card fraud composed 50 percent of fraud by persons unknown, and 33 percent of fraud was committed by others; however, withheld or "skimmed" theft and fraudulent accounting each composed 34 percent and 30 percent, respectively; such fraud was committed by employees. Extensive tables and figures