Victims of Business Crime can now get specialist help

Thursday, 28th July 2016

SPECIALIST independent advisors for businesses who have been affected by crime are now based in the Police Control Room.

Business Crime Advisors, which were introduced by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, are now working alongside police officers to provide a joined up approach to giving help and support to businesses.

Business Crime Advisors provide bespoke support to business crime victims to help minimise the impact of crime on their business. The advisors are available to all local firms whether they have reported the crime to police or not. They can offer victims free specialist support in areas such as security, insurance, ICT recovery and reputational damage.

Business Crime Advisor Simonetta Mitchell said: “Business crime is a serious issue that is far from victimless. It affects people’s jobs and livelihoods. The independent Business Crime Helpline encourages businesses to report incidents to police to allow officers to identify crime patterns. Crucially, it enables us to give businesses the support that they need to ensure they can resolve any issues and return to normality as quickly as possible.”

Between January 25, 2016 and May 15, 2016, 1,851 business people were referred to Business Crime Advisors for free additional, independent support and advice provided by the Chambers of Commerce.

Business Crime Matters

The Business Crime Advisors are part of the support available through the Business Crime Matters campaign. Businesses can find out more about the Business Crime Matters campaign at www.businesscrimematters.com

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Sue Arnold said: “Businesses are the lifeblood of local communities across Staffordshire but times are tough for small retailers and being a victim or robbery, theft, vandalism or online fraud can be enough to drive them into the ground.

“Business Crime Advisors provide expert support and guidance to businesses who are victims of crime – whether the crime is reported to police or not.

“Nationally, over a third of businesses fail to report crime and this prevents us seeing a true picture of the challenges that businesses face from criminals.”

The contract was awarded to the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce to recruit, train and support Business Crime Advisors.

To speak to an independent Business Crime Advisor in confidence call 01782 900 239 or email businesscrime@staffordshirechambers.co.uk.

Businesses can sign up to free Business Crime Alerts at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/business