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Commissioner launches Business Crime Strategy

Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Alison Hernandez has today (13 June) launched a Business Crime Strategy.

Commissioner launches Business Crime Strategy

PCC announcing the Business Crime Strategy at the Devon Business Show


The aim of this strategy is to build a better understanding of the crime and community safety issues affecting businesses and provide clear opportunities for the role businesses can play in preventing and reducing crime.

It will improve support and assistance for victims of business crime, increase the opportunities for businesses to support wider community safety initiatives and maximise use of national resources and influence national policy.

“Having run a small business myself I recognise the important contribution businesses of all sizes play in keeping our communities safe and prosperous.

 “My team is already working with businesses to see how we can help them to keep themselves safe.

“We have funded a new ‘shopwatch’ scheme and continue to support Best Bar None schemes throughout Devon and Cornwall.

“Dedicated support for businesses who are victims of crime is available through the Victim Care Network.

“Where needed I will make the case nationally for action to help our businesses. I am particularly concerned about the growing issue of theft from vans – which can have a devastating impact on small businesses who rely on their tools and I will raise this issue in Westminster and with MPs nationally.

“This Business Crime Strategy has prevention at its heart and sets out the work my team and I will do with police and business partners to prevent and reduce business crime.

“As more crime moves online, the threat to businesses is becoming more complex and challenging. A business crime strategy is absolutely the right approach to unite partners to prevent, report and tackle crime against our community,” said Ms Hernandez.

The strategy is currently open for consultation. If you own or run a business we welcome your views and feedback. You can find the Business Crime Strategy and how to feedback here.

Consultation closes 30 July 2018.