Any business can become a victim of crime, and retail businesses are at risk of certain types. This can include damage to your premises or theft of stock and money. Such crime can affect normal trading and your bottom line. Crime can also pose a risk to staff. The cost of retail crime in the UK was £613m in 2014-2015 (British Retail Consortium).
It is important to take action to reduce your risk of being targeted by crime. Taking certain security measures can deter crime and minimise loss.
This guide explains the most common crimes a retail business is likely to face, what you can do to prevent or reduce crime, and where to go for help when dealing with crime.