Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer met representatives of the business community across Cheshire to discuss their priorities and to ask for their views on the budget and council tax for policing.
John Dwyer said, "A vitally important part of my role is to represent the views of the business community when holding the Chief Constable to account. I have made sure that my first police and crime plan reflects this area of policing and I intend to make it my business to ensure that the police work hard to further reduce crimes such as robbery from businesses, theft by employees, shoplifting and making off without payment."
Representatives from Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, manufacturers′ organisations and the Institute of Directors talked about their concerns. Discussions included how they can do more to help their members prevent on-line credit card fraud and metal theft and assist the policing of hauliers. They also discussed the need for businesses to report crime to the police and not simply accept losses from crime as inevitable.
John Dwyer added, "The figures for business crime in Cheshire are very low. Last year just 91 business robberies were reported, a 14% decrease on the previous year. Commercial burglary fell by 16 %.
In this economic climate, the police and businesses need to work together to ensure that we are doing all we can. I have seen some great work being done by the police at ground level; for example, in helping to prevent people making off from fuel stations without paying."