Businesses

All businesses or enterprises (such as charities) who are victims of crime are entitled to make a Business Impact Statement explaining how the crime has affected the business. This is similar to a Victim Personal Statement.


Devon and Cornwall Business Council

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s office worked with the Devon and Cornwall Business Council to understand the impact of crimes against businesses. It was recognised that in addition to emotional support potentially required by staff, there was a need for more specialist business advice.

When reporting a crime, a business will be asked to identify a single point of contact for the police to engage with. Where such a business has identified a need for support to help cope with, and recover from the impact of the crime against them, the Victim Care Unit can (with consent) refer them to the Business Council who will coordinate appropriate support to the business concerned.

All offers of initial free support via such a process will be provided by businesses registered with the ‘Buy with confidence’ scheme or by relevant professional bodies such as the Law Society.  This advice will be provided in a way that suits the client, and may include issues such as security, insurance, finance, legal, HR or IT (including cyber security).

Businesses of any size (including sole traders) and from any sector qualify for this support and examples include;

  • Retail
  • Agricultural
  • Construction/engineering
  • Professional Services/Business Support
  • Creative Media
  • Utilities
  • Manufacturing

For further information please contact the Victim Care Unit

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