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Business crime is not being tackled according to FSB

Crime against business hurts the wider economy, in particular small businesses, who are often less able to absorb the cost of crime, according to Federation of Small Businesses and this is one of the topics that will be discussed when the regional representatives of FSB meet with the police and crime commissioner, Jason Ablewhite later in the month . 

A meeting with five  representatives of FSB,  the two regional chairs and the three branch chairs who cover the region, will be held on the 20 December where  they will be discussing the types of  crime that affects  small businesses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and what can be done to tackle it. 

Graham Buck, Doug Balderson, Malcolm Lyons, Alan Todd and Aasiyha Joseph will between them explain how nationally, the average cost of crime to a small business is nearly £6K and small businesses cannot easily absorb such significant costs. 

Also, research by FSB has shown that two thirds of businesses surveyed have been a victim of cybercrime, and almost half have been a victim of non- internet enabled crime. Well over half of small businesses have been a victim of both. 

FSB also found that found that many small firms are not reporting crimes against their business as many said they felt reporting it would not achieve anything. 

Graham Buck,  regional chairman for FSB said: “Our members feel that currently, crime against small business is often not prioritised by law enforcement and consequently is not as speedily and effectively dealt with as they would like it to be. This needs to change, will shall be asking the PCC to make crime against small businesses a key focus of the policing plans for  Cambridgeshire police.