Bicester Business Update

Business Crime, a victimless crime?

There is a perception that a crime committed against a business is in some way a victimless event as ‘the insurance will cover it’, or ‘they can afford it they run their own business’ – the reality is that this couldn’t be further from the truth as we will explain here.

There are many crimes committed against businesses, including; stock shrinkage (better known as shoplifting) where there were over 385,000 cases in the England and Wales reported in 2017 of which over 17,000 were in the Thames Valley Authority area, theft from vans, driving away without paying for petrol, cyber attacks and many more – so why should we all care?

Watching comments on Bicester related social media the matter of theft of tools from vans, reportedly on the rise and which is said to have shot up over 30% in the last year, has been a recent ‘hot topic’! Worryingly reports say that a van is broken into every 23 minutes across the UK, with a reported near 23,000 incidents in 2016/17. The impact of this is as follows;

The Chamber would urge the local Police Authority to improve the resources available to this crime, and also urge the van owners to: Purchase vehicles with a higher level of security; make sure the vehicle is always locked and windows closed when leaving the vehicle, including any serial numbers; Maintain an accurate and up to date record of tools stored in the vehicle; take photo’s of the tools being stored; consider carefully the location that the vehicle is parked in (try and install CCTV that overlooks the vehicle)

You can find out more about the Chamber via our website; seek adequate insurance, stating the measures that you have taken to reduce the risk of theft.
Crimes against businesses are far from victimless, everyone pays for them in the end and good businesses may disappear as a result of them. Please report anything that you see to the business/van owner and/or the Police.

The Chamber does keep an eye on what is being mentioned within local social media and has a high degree of interest in matters that are both local and business related.

We would welcome enquiries to join and help us in being the consistent and constant voice for businesses in the town.


Peter Cox – Chairman Bicester Chamber

Author: Graeme

Bicester Chamber