Business and crime

Authored by: John Burrows , Matt Hopkins

Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Print publication date:  September  2005
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9781843921479
eBook ISBN: 9781843926146
Adobe ISBN: 9781134014637


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This chapter focuses upon the extent and nature of crimes against business and the prevention of crime in this area.1 It has been observed that, despite the overall losses business sustain from crime and the impact that crime can have upon business turnover, crime against businesses has been subject to relatively little attention by academics and practitioners alike (Hibberd and Shapland 1993; Burrows 1997). There are a variety of reasons for this. One contributory factor may be that a large proportion of the research in this area has developed in line with the policy and funding of the Home Office, which has tended to focus upon individuals and households as victims of crime, rather than businesses. Coupled with this, crime prevention efforts have tended to be targeted towards individuals and households because they are victims of a far greater proportion of overall crime than businesses. There are far more households than businesses so it follows that attempts to prevent crimes against households are likely to have a greater impact on overall crime figures and the fear of crime.

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