Resort’s businesses 10th on crime hitlist

Blackpool has joined the top ten for businesses targeted by criminals, according to insurance firm AXA.
Blackpool has joined the top ten for businesses targeted by criminals, according to insurance firm AXA.
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Blackpool is the tenth most affected area in the country for crimes against businesses, according to new figures.

In a chart compiled by insurance giant AXA, the resort stands at number 10 in a list of areas repeatedly targeted by thieves and vandals.

Although there has been a 14 per cent drop in rates of business crime in the country, Blackpool has joined Wigan, Hull and Bradford on the list.

Douglas Barnett, head of customer risk management at AXA, said: “The last few years have been tough for many.

“And we know from our customers that becoming a victim of crime can be very hard to bounce back from, both financially and emotionally.

“So to see the number and value of crimes decreasing is a real boost to UK business.

“That said, complacency must not be allowed to reverse this trend and we would urge businesses wherever they are based, to do what they can to reduce the risk of becoming a victim in the future.”

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: “We’d urge all businesses to take sensible crime prevention measures, including where possible the installation of CCTV.

“Cash should be removed from premises overnight and property should be left properly secured. Any suspicious activity should be reported to police on 101.”

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