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Business crime

What is business crime?

It can be targeted against a single person working in a business, against a single business, or may be part of a wider pattern of crime which adversely impacts a number of businesses in the same sector, or in the same geographical area. It can include:

  • Commercial robbery
  • Fraud and forgery
  • Shop theft
  • Theft by employees
  • Making off without payment

For information about preventing shoplifting and retail crime visit the Humberside Police  website.

Farm and Country Business Watch

The North East Lincolnshire Farm and Country Business Watch is designed to encourage people who live and work in the countryside to be vigilant, share their knowledge and reduce opportunities for crime and vandalism by reporting anything suspicious to the police.

Intelligence is a vital tool for the police in the fight against crime and the public can help by providing information no matter how trivial in nature it may seem. For more information on the scheme visit the Humberside Police  website.


Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person. Fraud can be committed against individuals or businesses.

Action Fraud – The UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre. You can find out more and report fraud or attempted fraud on the Action Fraud  website.

Benefit fraud – When someone makes a claim for benefit based on information that they know to be false or inaccurate. It can also be where the original claim is correct but the person does not tell the Council about a change in their circumstances. Benefit fraud can be committed by a person claiming the benefit, someone helping the person claiming the benefit or on some occasions a landlord or an employer. You can find out more and report fraud or attempted fraud on GOV.UK – Report benefit fraud .

Council Anti-fraud strategy – The council is committed to making sure that the opportunity for fraud and corruption is reduced to the lowest possible risk. Where there is the possibility of fraud, corruption and other related problems, we will deal with it in a firm, consistent and controlled manner. View further information on the council’s approach on Fraud and corruption.