Keeping Businesses Free Of Crime

Dorset businesses learn how to protect themselves against crime at our annual conference.

Keeping Businesses Free Of Crime

Local businesses from across Dorset attended the second annual Putting Crime out of Business Conference on November 4th 2014 to discuss approaches to tackling crimes that impact on business. Hosted by the Office of the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner and Wessex Federation of Small Businesses, the conference was opened by PCC Martyn Underhill and the Chief Constable of Dorset Police Debbie Simpson.

The conference included a variety of speakers and workshops delivered by Dorset Police, Dorset Trading Standards and Bournemouth University Cybercrime Unit. The range of topics covered included Cyber Crime, Counterfeit Goods, Business Scams, Safety of Staff and Premises and Shoplifting. Kerry Booth from the National Rural Crime Agency was also able to give attendees an overview of how the new agency will work and interact with local rural businesses to share best practice nationally. Guest speakers included Kerry McGeachy from the new Victim Support Service for Dorset, who announced that due the new locally commissioned service by the PCC, they are now able to support victims of Business Crime. Molly Rennie, chair of the South Western Dorset Domestic Violence Forum also informed delegates about the impact and cost to businesses of domestic violence and abuse.

Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill said: “The event was a great success. It gave us an important opportunity to meet with businesses from across Dorset, listen to their concerns and work with them to develop solutions to some of the issues they face.”

Neil Eames, Development Manager for the FSB Wessex Region, said: “We are delighted to have worked with the Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill in maintaining a focus on crimes against business. It is a significant issue and has huge cost implications to businesses. Initial FSB research suggests that a quarter of all crime is related to business crime and Police help and engagement is critical to reduce this barrier to growth for small firms. It is both very welcome and appreciated to have the support of the PCC and the Chief Constable in supporting this conference. We look forward to continuing to work together.”

After the conference one delegate said: “This conference is a must for the business community to keep us up to date on crime issues and strategies”

Alongside the Dorset OPCC, there were also stalls from other organisations giving businesses information and advice on topics such as domestic abuse, online safety and counterfeit goods 

We are also encouraging businesses across Dorset to take part in our business survey which closes on 25 November 2014. You can complete the online form here:

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