The total price tag of burglary, shoplifting, robbery, criminal damage, theft and other offences against businesses in Staffordshire is estimated at over £7,300 per hour. Fraud alone costs companies £9.1 billion nationally a year. And, worryingly, over a third (39 per cent) of businesses do not report crime to police.

A strategy to tackle business crime has been commissioned by Mr Ellis, spearheaded by his deputy Sue Arnold, herself a former president of Southern Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce.

Business Crime Advisors and Helpline

Tackling business crime is an important part of the Commissioner’s Safer, Fairer United Communities strategy.

The Staffordshire Commissioners Office has commissioned Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce to deliver specialist support to businesses impacted by crime.

Business Crime Advisors are trained to deliver tailored support packages to businesses following a crime. Their support aims to get businesses back on their feet as quickly as possible. The service is also able to signpost to a number of local businesses who are willing to provide upto 60min of specialist advice for victims. This can include areas such as CCTV and Security, Insurance, Legal, Locksmiths and more.

For more information please visit Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce business crime helpline or call 01782 900239.

If you would like to be considered for our referral register of business support organisations, contact anne.murray@staffordshirechambers.co.uk, who will be able to provide more information on the process.

Free business crime alerts for Staffordshire businesses

More than 4,000 businesses across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have now signed up to get free up-to-date alerts and advice to help them combat crime.

Business Crime Alerts, delivered through the Staffordshire Smart Alert service, provide specifically targeted updates to you and your business. Updates may include details of crime prevention measures, descriptions of offenders and appeals for information alongside more general updates about work to keep crime down. Business Crime Alerts are free for your business.

To sign up simply click here.