Thursday 27 April 2017

Third of Irish businesses hit by criminals

Crime costs businesses nearly €12,000 a year on average, the report said (Stock pictures)
Crime costs businesses nearly €12,000 a year on average, the report said (Stock pictures)
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Almost a third of Irish businesses have been the victim of crime in the last year, a new survey by the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) indicates.

Crime costs businesses nearly €12,000 a year on average, the report said. The survey - with almost 1,200 respondents - found that 98pc of business owners thought the judicial system was ineffective at dealing with crime.

The retail sector was most heavily affected by crime, followed by construction.

"The reduction of business crime is fundamental to business prosperity and is not being prioritised by government," ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said, calling for separate recording of incidents against business "to allow for the allocation of proper resources to deal with business crime."

Irish Independent

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