Top 5 Business Sectors Targeted By Criminals


I’ve written a lot about how important security is for your business over the years. But, if you still need some persuasion, read on to find out which sectors of industry face the biggest threats. The following info is from the 2015 crime statistics survey by the UK government – and it makes for sobering reading. If you work in any of these industries, make sure you take your security responsibilities seriously.

Wholesale and retail sector

It’s not much of a surprise that one of the biggest hit industries is retail and wholesalers. They are prime targets for shoplifting, of course, and there is little to deter the first time offender from chancing their arm. For every 1,000 premises in the UK, there are 8,862 reports of shoplifting incidents over a one year period. Larger stores seem to bear the brunt of the criminal activity, and the average cost per incident is less than £50.

Agriculture, forestry, and fishing

This statistic might be a surprise to some people, but it’s clear that the agriculture industry has a lot of issues. Nearly one in four premises within the sector experienced crime during 2015. Vandalism, burglary, and theft are the most common incidents. There is some good news, though. It seems that this sector of industry is beginning to understand their security issues and are pursuing solutions. The result? A 30% fall in incidents from 2013 –

Construction industry

One in five construction industry premises suffers from crime across the year, according to the home office stats. And, an incredible 910 incidents of crime are reported for every 1,000 buildings. But what sort of offences occur? According to, intruders and break-ins are a common problem for construction firms. With so much valuable equipment lying around, it’s no surprise. However, assaults and threats are the biggest reported incidents, which is a troubling statistic, to say the least.

IT & Comms

For every 1,000 premises, only 300 report an incident of IT and communications crime. It’s still a lot, don’t get me wrong. But, it pales a little when compared to other sectors. As you would expect, fraud is the most frequent crime in this area.

Online crimes

Finally, a quick look at online crimes. It looks scary – for every 1,000 premises, 2,303 incidents of crime get reported. And, that’s in the IT and communications sector alone.  However, it’s important to understand that this area covers all industries, so it’s counted differently to the rest.  It’s an astonishing figure, and it is no surprise there is so much media attention on online crime. For anyone with an online business, beefing up your security systems is an absolute must.

Businesses from all sectors are the targets of criminals – and they suffer more than all other groups. As you can see, it is vital that you take security – online and offline – as seriously as you can. Have you experienced criminal activity in your business before? Let us all know about it and share your story!

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