23/06/2016

Business Crime Action Plan Launched By Justice Minister

The Justice Minister, Claire Sugden, and Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, Anne Connolly, have announced a new action plan to tackle crime within the business community.

The Business Crime Action Plan has been developed in partnership with the Department of Justice, the Policing Board, the PSNI and the business community.

Speaking at the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium 5th Anniversary Reception, Minister Sugden said: "The impact of business crime should not be underestimated. Far from being a victimless crime, it affects the profitability of businesses and the cost of the goods we buy in shops every day.

"My Department has been working in partnership with relevant statutory and non-statutory stakeholders to tackle this issue over many years and it is one of the strands of work outlined in the Community Safety Strategy.
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"That continued partnership working is essential if sustainable solutions are to be developed. I therefore welcome the commitment from the business community to work with law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to develop a cohesive approach to reduce the impact and cost of crime on businesses. The action plan being published today is another positive step in the ongoing fight against business crime."

Welcoming the new plan, Board Chair Anne Connolly said: "We have listened to the views of the business community, the impact that crimes has on lives and livelihoods and the types of measures that need to be taken to reduce crimes in this sector.

"Success in the delivery of this plan is dependent on continued collaboration with the business community and it is vital that as wide a network of people as possible are aware of this plan, and the work being done, in partnership with the business community, to deliver on it."

(MH/JP)

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