Businesses in Wandsworth hit by thieves and robbers 858 times last year

Wandsworth Guardian: Businesses in Wandsworth have been hit by thieves and robbers 858 times Businesses in Wandsworth have been hit by thieves and robbers 858 times

Businesses in Wandsworth have been hit by thieves and robbers 858 times over the last year.

A new report, High Street Blues, which aims to tackle small business crime has revealed that more than two Wandsworth businesses are targeted each day.

Across the capital there were 28,889 reported robberies and thefts in 2013, working out to 80 a day.

The report recommends preventative measures such as handing out DNA sprays to small businesses, as part of crime prevention kits, and establishing a digital crime mapping database, which identifies crime trends and hotspots, ultimately helping police gather evidence and target their resources more effectively.

Richard Tracey, Conservative London Assembly Member for Wandsworth and Merton, said: "Small businesses are the pillars of our high-streets, town centres and local communities, and contribute significantly to Wandsworth’s economy. Unfortunately, many are plagued with persistent crime such as theft and robbery.

"Distributing DNA sprays, that cover criminals with a solution for a few days after the incident, would act as an effective deterrent.

"It would mean that the Met would save money, as if the crime doesn’t happen in the first place, officers wouldn’t need to spend their time on investigations and the court process."


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11:56am Tue 4 Mar 14

CardinalGroup says...

Unfortunately the news on London’s shoplifting and burglary problem comes as little surprise. With resources stretched and increasing pressure to cut budgets, the police are left to focus their efforts on the most serious incidents of crime – no doubt the cause of many businesses claiming to find the police ‘unhelpful’.

In fact, many businesses have been reluctant to report offences to the police due to a lack of confidence in the police’s ability to progress an investigation, making the time for the National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) just right.

At the NBCS we use collective data sharing to help businesses pinpoint the exact nature and scale of potential threats as well as identifying prolific, persistent and travelling offenders. It is primed to act on behalf of the business community and work with the police by collating all business crime and incident data. This allows the police to respond to viable leads which have been collated through collaboration with the business community and consequently to take appropriate action

However we choose to monitor and report crime, there will be challenges ahead, but by closer collaboration between UK businesses and law enforcement, we can build a profile of business crime in the UK.

Catherine Bowen
National Business Crime Solution
Unfortunately the news on London’s shoplifting and burglary problem comes as little surprise. With resources stretched and increasing pressure to cut budgets, the police are left to focus their efforts on the most serious incidents of crime – no doubt the cause of many businesses claiming to find the police ‘unhelpful’. In fact, many businesses have been reluctant to report offences to the police due to a lack of confidence in the police’s ability to progress an investigation, making the time for the National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) just right. At the NBCS we use collective data sharing to help businesses pinpoint the exact nature and scale of potential threats as well as identifying prolific, persistent and travelling offenders. It is primed to act on behalf of the business community and work with the police by collating all business crime and incident data. This allows the police to respond to viable leads which have been collated through collaboration with the business community and consequently to take appropriate action However we choose to monitor and report crime, there will be challenges ahead, but by closer collaboration between UK businesses and law enforcement, we can build a profile of business crime in the UK. Catherine Bowen National Business Crime Solution CardinalGroup
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