Spotlight Turns on How to Stop Business Crime

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Business leaders from across Birmingham will be urged to incorporate crime prevention measures into their staff training programmes at a conference today.

The Pride in Business Exhibition and Crime Conference is being organised at Villa Park by Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, West Midlands Police and the Heartlands Business Forum.

West Midlands Police assistant chief constable Nick Tofiluk will urge businesses to include security and community safety plans within training programmes for staff. Business crime costs UK firms over pounds 18 billion a year, at an average costs of pounds 5,000 per company.

The British Crime Survey revealed that nearly 60 per cent of businesses were the victim of a crime within the past 12 months, with vandalism and burglary the main offences.

A number of workshops will take place throughout the day, with subjects including internet and credit card crime, lorry and load theft, how to combat graffiti and arson and how domestic violence can affect businesses.

Jerry Blackett, policy director at Birmingham Chamber, said: 'Business crime affects firms of all sizes from all sectors and it is important that we all pull together to combat this increasing problem.

'Entrance to the event is free, with every visitor receiving a Crime Prevention Handbook. The exhibition runs from 12pm until 5.15pm with workshops taking place throughout the day. …