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Business crime down by one quarter in year.

Police claim to have reduced business crime across the West Midlands by a quarter in the last 12 months.

To keep the downward trend going, officers have now issued a video encouraging companies to take action to protect their property. West Midlands Police is urging businesses across the region to review their security systems, identify any flaws and make improvements.

The short film includes several top tips to keep criminals at bay.

Featured on West Midland Police's YouTube channel and force website, the video illustrates basic advice such as how to secure perimeter fencing, installing CCTV and securing equipment.

Business crimes reported was down from 23,355 in 2011, to 17,802 for the same period this year.

The latest figures included 2,001 bilking offences (driving off from garages without paying), 2,656 burglaries, and 6,530 thefts from shops.

Sergeant Andy Gregory, the force lead for business crime said: "This short video really gets to the heart of business crime prevention. The key messages displayed cover the main areas of advice we give business holders on a daily basis.

"Business crime in the region is down by 24 per cent this year compared with last.

"We are really keen to see that reduction continue and hope members of the business community spend two minutes watching this video and question whether they have the best procedures and systems in place to protect themselves and their livelihoods.

Visit: www.west-midlands.police.uk/crimereduction/business-crime/index.asp
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