Scotland and Northern Ireland e-crime capitals of UK


Scotland and Northern Ireland e-crime capitals of UK

Ian Grant

Scotland and Northern Ireland are most at risk from e-crime and fraud, says the Federation of Small Business.

In a survey of crime against businesses by Glamorgan University and published late last year, the FSB found that small businesses are losing more than £1000 a month on average to criminals.

"Credit card fraud (33.4%), e-crime (30.2%) and identity fraud (29.9%) were most prevalent in Scotland," the FSB said. Northern Ireland showed high levels of employee fraud (30.3%), employee theft (32.9%) and cheque fraud (36.8%), it said.

The average cost of crime to businesses in Northern Ireland was £76,715, while in Scotland the average was £41,255. The national average was £13,354, the FSB said.

In the past two years, one in four companies had been hit by e-crime, identity fraud, arson and assault, the FSB said.

The FSB said, "Many (business) owners do not consider that the criminal justice system is achieving positive results. The view that (government-sponsored) Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships is actually assisting in crime reduction is fairly rare across all sectors."

Two-thirds were not aware of neighbourhood policing units (NPUs), and less than 4% had regular contact with their NPU, it said. Owners had more confidence in Business Watch and Shop Watch schemes as crime deterrants, it said.

Email Alerts

Register now to receive IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox.
By submitting your personal information, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant products and special offers from TechTarget and its partners. You also agree that your personal information may be transferred and processed in the United States, and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy.

COMMENTS powered by Disqus  //  Commenting policy