theft is on the rise across the UK, and new research has revealed the
authorities which are seeing the largest increases.
The figures have been released by Ebuyer, the UK’s largest independent tech retailer, following Freedom of Information requests being sent to police constabularies across the country. The study found that since 2015 there has been a 9% increase in the number of reported thefts affecting businesses.
Police Force, in north east England, saw the largest rise in such crimes, with a
staggering 3,292% increase over the three year period, with 1,323 reported
thefts last year compared to just 39 in 2015.
rise in business crime is seen across the UK. Out of the 23 police
constabularies that responded to the data request, 19 (83%) experienced
increases in business-related thefts between 2015 and 2018.
The top five constabularies which have seen the largest increases in business theft are:
1. Cleveland Police (3,292%)
2. Dorset Police (1,757%)
3. Durham Police (1,640%)
4. Dyfed-Powys Police (704%)
Surrey Police (659%)
this national trend are the police authorities in Bedfordshire and Derbyshire,
which have both seen a decrease in business thefts since 2015. Bedfordshire has
seen such reports drop by 54%, while in Wiltshire the number of thefts has
fallen by 48% – making the regions the safest regarding business
Cleveland seeing the largest percentage increase, businesses in the jurisdiction
of Metropolitan Police in London have reported by far the highest number of
thefts. In 2018, businesses in this area contacted the police 339,337 times
about stolen goods –
14 times more than the national average (24,058).
well as the number of thefts from businesses rising, the average value of stolen
goods across the UK has also increased by 5%,
over £2m, since 2015 (from
£43,342,507 to £45,425,928).
was the constabulary with the highest individual theft cost, where the average
was a staggering £1,117.95 per recorded incident.
Lee Weymouth, Commercial Director at Ebuyer, said: “The significant increase in the number of business thefts indicates that the risk to business security is higher and more unpredictable than ever.
“As concerning as this is for businesses, there are now a number of ways that firms can protect themselves, including CCTV and thermal sensors.”
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