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Crime Against Businesses: Detailed Findings from the 2013 Commercial Victimisation Survey

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Date Published
August 2014
89 pages
This report from the United Kingdom Home Office presents findings from the 2013 Commercial Victimization Survey.
Major findings from the United Kingdom's 2013 Commercial Victimization Survey (CVS) include the following: wholesale and retail premises in London experienced the highest crime rate with 30,466 incidents per 1,000 premises, while the South West experienced the lowest crime rate with 11,687 incidents per 1,000 premises; shoplifting rates were highest in urban areas and supermarkets, with goods and stock being the most commonly stolen item during thefts; wholesale and retail premises with less than 10 employees were less likely to have equipment protection measures in place compared to businesses with more than 50 employees; and larger businesses spent about 50 times more on security measures compared to smaller businesses. This survey is conducted on an annual basis to determine the extent of crime against businesses in England and Wales. The 2013 survey focused on businesses operating in four specific industry sectors as defined in the United Kingdom's standard industrial classification code. These four sectors were A - agriculture, forestry, and fishing; G - wholesale and retail trade; I - accommodation and food services activities; and R - arts, entertainment, and recreation. The survey covered the following topics: the nature of crimes against businesses; experience of crime against businesses by business and location characteristics; crime prevention strategies used by businesses; and anti-social behavior and perceptions of policing, cybercrime, and theft from customers. Tables and figures