A NEW victims code will give businesses 'a real say' and ensure they are better served when affected by crime, says Staffordshire's deputy police and crime commissioner.
Sue Arnold said a new code giving victims of crime the choice to explain to a court in their own words the personal and emotional impact a crime had had on them and have that taken into consideration by judges determining sentences, would help victims recover and cope better.
“This is a big step towards what we are trying to achieve in Staffordshire to make the system fit the individual, rather than the person fit the system - one that treats victims with dignity and respect”.
“Latest statistics over a seven year period show that 276,000 crimes have cost county businesses nearly £433 million in theft, damage and consequential loss at a rate of more than £7,000 an hour," said Ms Arnold.
"Fraud alone costs companies in this country £9.1 billion with business going under as a result of crime.
"Yet only 10 per cent of business crime is ever reported to the police which is in part due to a lack of confidence that anything will be done about it.
Ms Arnold said businesses had different needs to individuals who, in the main, were treated well by the authorities in the aftermath of a crime.
"We want to ensure firms are better served when they find themselves the victim of crime.”