Firms polled as part of a business crime blitz have revealed that felons do affect their employees.
Early feedback from a survey launched by Herts police and crime commissioner David Lloyd has underlined the impact that crime has on businesses in the county.
According to Mr Lloyd, some interesting themes are already emerging, with almost a third of firms responding saying that the greatest impact of crime against their business was on the people working in the business, and on staff morale.
Commissioner Lloyd said: “We cannot underestimate the impact business crime can have on individuals – it is not a victimless crime as the survey is already showing.”
More than 90% of respondents felt that, when reporting crimes, police treated them fairly and with respect while just over 40% said they would be interested in working with organisations, such as the police, in order to combat crime.
Mr Lloyd added: “While overall crime remains low, crime against businesses accounts for almost a quarter of all recorded offences in Hertfordshire.
“If you run a business of any size, from a large corporation to a sole trader, please help to protect the economic wellbeing, livelihoods and prosperity of people living across the county by taking part in this survey.
“Even if your business has never been targeted for crime, your views are essential to help shape the strategy and help put resources and expertise where they are needed most.”
So far, the largest group of respondents is small enterprises, which includes sole traders or businesses that employ up to nine people.
So far, there have been no responses from charitable or community organisations or limited partnerships.
Businesses from Dacorum, East Herts and St Albans currently account for more than two thirds of those already responded.
The questionnaire runs until September 14, and still aims to find out more about the needs and experiences of businesses in relation to crime.
The survey takes just a few minutes to complete and is available on line now at www.hertscommissioner.org.