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

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Date Published
January 2013
26 pages
This is the first release of data from the 2012 Commercial Victimization Survey (CVS), which examines the extent of crime against businesses in England and Wales.
This release covers the following topics: Methodology of the 2012 CVS; Extent of crime against business premises for the core CVS crime types: burglary, vandalism, vehicle-related theft, robbery, assaults and threats, theft, fraud, online crime, metal theft, organized crime, and reporting of incidents to the police. Findings show that there were 9.2 million crimes against the four sectors covered by the 2012 CVS in the year prior to interview. Premises in the wholesale and retail sector experienced the highest rate of crime of the four sectors covered in the survey, mostly driven by shoplifting offences. There were a total of 4.1 million incidents of shoplifting estimated from the survey, almost half the total number of crimes across all four sectors covered by the survey. Manufacturing premises experienced relatively low rates of crime across all crime types compared with other sectors. Transportation and storage premises had the highest rate of vehicle-related theft. Accommodation and food premises experienced the highest rate of assaults and threats. The CVS is a telephone survey in which respondents from a representative sample of business premises in England and Wales were asked about crimes experienced at their premises in the 12 months prior to interview. Estimates for the 2012 CVS are based on 4,017 interviews with respondents at premises in the manufacturing, wholesale and retail, transportation and storage, and accommodation and food industry sectors. Figures and tables