Safer Sussex Business Partnership
The Safer Sussex Business Partnership (SSBP) was convened by PCC Katy Bourne in February 2020. It brings together senior members of Sussex Police, business crime experts, representatives from Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op and representatives of smaller local stores.
From 1st January to 31st December 2019 there were 19,835 reports of business crime made to Sussex Police, an increase of 5% (1060 reports) over the previous year. Theft, criminal damage, burglary and violent crime were amongst the top reports.
However, from speaking extensively to local business owners and larger retailers Mrs Bourne heard that it is still a vastly under-reported crime that is having huge impacts on its victims and wider community.
In the partnership' first meeting on 7th February 2020 it was revealed that local stores in Sussex are losing on average £100k-£150k per year from shoplifting, 2% of their annual revenue. Staff are left feeling helpless when they see crimes take place and are struggling to find the time to record and report due to the volume of incidents.
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