Community Trigger

Birmingham Business Crime Survey 2015

A 30 question business crime survey designed by Midland Heart was conducted between March and May 2015. The survey was made available online as well as on paper.

The survey asked questions to establish the views of the local business community regarding business crime including the types of crime experienced, satisfaction with policing, the cost and impact of crime amongst other questions.

A snapshot….

  • 68 responses to the survey;
  • 75%* of respondents stated that they had experienced business crime within the past three years;
  • Of those respondents who had experienced business crime within the past three years, 9%* did not report the crime to the police;
  • Of those respondents who did report the crime to the police, 66%* stated that they were either ‘very satisfied’ or ‘fairly satisfied’ with the service they received from the Police

The Respondents….

 

 

Recent experience of business crime

51% of the 49 respondents who stated that had experienced business said that it had occurred within the last 3 months.

Reporting business crime to the police

Only 57% of respondents said that they reported ALL crime to the police stating that they considered some crime (vandalism, shoplifting) to be too low level.

Service received from the police

66% of respondents were either ‘very satisfied’ or ‘fairly satisfied’ with the service they received from the police.

Awareness of BCSP

52% of respondents were aware of the BCSP

Perceptions of business crime

Respondents were asked what measure they felt was most effective in preventing business crime.

32% felt that high visible policing was the most effective method of preventing business crime.

Cost of business crime

44% of respondents stated that recent crime had cost their business under £999 over the past 3 years.

Prevention of Business Crime

Respondents were asked what measure they felt was most effective in preventing business crime.

32% felt that high visible policing was the most effective method of preventing business crime.

26% said video surveillance, 22% said physical security and 18% said security patrols.

We will be running another survey in early 2016 to allow us to compare results.

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