Regional survey lifts lid on business crime

Businesses across the East Midlands are to have their voices heard following the launch of a pioneering police survey to measure the impact of crime on trade in the region.

The new venture, which is being coordinated by regional police representatives from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire Police Authorities, will be the first time police authorities have come together collectively to address the needs of the business community and learn more about their priorities for policing.

The project, which is being supported by the East Midland Business Crime Forum, is part of an overall drive by the Police Authorities involved to consult and understand the requirements of their wider communities, from residents who live in the area to those who run businesses.

The results of the survey will be used to help the police authorities make decisions about resource allocation in their specific area and future policing services.

Jean Mountain, chairman of the East Midland Business Crime Forum, said: “Through promoting better relationships with businesses in the East Midlands we can deliver stronger crime prevention advice and develop strategies to protect their commercial premises.”