The first Birmingham Business Crime Survey took place in spring 2015, and saw 68 members of the local business community share their views on matters relating to business crime in their area. The 30 question survey was designed in conjunction with Midland Heart on behalf of the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership (BCSP), with both online and printed copies available.
In early 2016, Midland Heart and the BCSP reviewed the survey with a view to gathering the views of the local business community approximately a year on. Where appropriate, comparisons have been drawn against baseline results.
The re-launched Birmingham Business Crime Survey took place over a three week period during January and February 2016. The survey was available online only.
- Of the 70 respondents who answered the question, 58.6% stated that they were ‘aware of the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership,’ in comparison to 52.5% in 2015, showing a 6.1% increase in awareness ratings in 2016.
- 74 members of the local business community responded to the survey, a slight increase on 2015 (68 responses);
- 62.9% of respondents stated that they had ‘experienced actual business crime or attempted business crime’ within the past three years. In 2015, 75.4% stated that they had ‘experienced business crime’ in the past three years. Please note this question did not ask about ‘attempted’ business crime therefore a direct comparison cannot be made;
- Of those respondents who had experienced actual or attempted business crime within the past three years, 32.6% did not report any of the crime to the police, compared to only 9% in 2015 – please note that 2015’s question excluded ‘attempted’ business crime;
- Of those respondents who did report some or all of the crime to the police, 58.6% stated that they were either ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ satisfied with the service they received, compared to 66.0% in 2015.
You can read the full report here.