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Business Crime FAQs

A list of frequently asked questions on the subject of Business Crime, including questions regarding employee drug use, email scams, and dealing with trespassers.

  • Q:

    Burglary: Can you recommend a burglar alarm company?

    A:

    We cannot make any specific recommendations. Your insurance company is one of the best places to get advice for a burglar alarm. They will have a list of approved companies that they recommend and by using one of them you may be offered a reduction on your policy.

  • Q:

    Burglary: My business premises have been broken into or damaged - what should I do?

    A:

    If the burglary is still in progress, dial 999 immediately. If you have been burgled, but there is no sign of an offender, contact the police straightaway on 101 and try not to touch anything that you think the offender may have touched. See our Burglary page for more information on what to do and how to avoid it.

  • Q:

    Credit/Debit Card Fraud: How should I deal with credit and debit card fraud?

    A:

    The procedure has changed. It is now the financial institutions who are the first and main point of contact for these types of offences. The first and most important step to take is to contact the bank or credit card company to advise them of the transactions. The bank/credit card company will investigate the matter and where appropriate inform the police. If your card has been lost or stolen then you need to report that to your bank and the police who will record the crime or loss.

  • Q:

    Drugs: I think one of my employees is taking drugs, what can I do?

    A:

    The use and misuse of drugs may well affect an individual's ability to do their job safely or effectively and many companies have rules and procedures for dealing with this. If you are concerned for the well being of your employee and want more information on drugs and the law please see the Drugs page.

  • Q:

    Email Scams: I have received an email from my bank asking me to verify my account number and PIN number - is it genuine?

    A:

    No. A bank would never ask you to reveal your PIN number to them. Many people who have responded to these very official looking e-mails with their bank account details have been defrauded out of a lot of money. See Banking Malware for more information on scams and fraud.

  • Q:

    Forged Notes: I was given a forged bank note, what should I do?

    A:

    If you are a shop owner or employee and you know or suspect you know who has passed the note to you, then put it in a bag to preserve any fingerprint evidence and hand the note into the nearest police station. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES try to use or pass on the note to someone else, the penalty could be up to 10 years in prison.