Businesses to have say on crime impact

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

The new venture is being coordinated by regional police representatives from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire and will be the first time these 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 Midlands 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.

Confidence

Philip Hickson, Chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “This survey is just one way we hope to increase confidence among our business community, ensuring that businesses understand that their views are important and are being heard.

“As well as strengthening our links with the business sector and delivering the crime prevention message, we also need the business sector to help us set the strategic goals which will reduce their chances of becoming a victim in the future.”

The survey, which will be available online, is being distributed to businesses across the East Midlands on a pilot basis, and the results of the survey will be used to help authorities make decisions about resource allocation in their specific area and future policing services.

See the survey at www.leics.police.uk/PABusinessSurvey.