ACPO and the National Business Crime Forum have announced that a definition of business crime has now been formerly agreed upon and adopted for the purposes of national crime recording.
It’s widely understood that a minimum of 15% of all crime is related to business crime. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the National Business Crime Forum (NBCF) have now agreed on a definition for the term, which is as follows:
“Business crime is any criminal offence that is committed against a person or property
which is associated by the connection of that person or property to a business.”
This can be condensed to reflect the MOPAC definition of business crime given that it represents any crime in, around or against a business.
The definition is based on the perception of the victim at the time of reporting of the offence.
An impressive milestone
The definition represents an impressive milestone and the first very important step towards recognising all victims of business crime as well as ensuring, for the first time, that the impact of business crime can be accurately measured.
An official statement issued by the NBCF reads: “We hope a consequence of accurate recording will be to allow police resources to be more appropriately and effectively allocated and deployed. We recognise that there is still a big task ahead for policing to now train all police staff nationally to that definition and adapt force crime recording systems to allow for the recording of the crimes. We will be working with the college of policing in developing a package which recognises the issues that need to be overcome for its successful implementation.”
The statement continues: “This is a significant step forward in appreciating the impact of business crime on its victim. It’s important the police service and business sector continue to work together on a collaborative basis to ensure that this system continues to be most effective from both the victim’s and investigators’ points of view.”
On behalf of the wider business community, NBCF chairman Barrie Millett MSyI is in the process of developing a successful working relationship with the newly-appointed Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) business crime lead, Paddy Tipping, to enable the business community to come together as one collective voice and raise positive developments and concerns regarding business crime.
It’s envisaged that, as the lead co-ordinating organisation for the various business membership and representative bodies on a national basis, the NBCF will be able to work in partnership with Tipping to collaborate on addressing all forms of business crime.
“I’m truly pleased that we have been able to achieve an important part of this journey,” stated Barrie Millett, “and I will continue to drive forward a collaborative approach to addressing business crime on a national basis.”
The NBCF will continue to work collaboratively to ensure the successful implementation of the definition and will keep interested parties informed as each stage of the strategy is achieved.