Retailers, particularly small stores, are often victims of anti-social behaviour. When businesses suffer from anti-social behaviour, the community often pays the price in increased costs of goods, higher insurance premiums and potential loss of investment by businesses in the local area.
Many commercial businesses are becoming involved in community initiatives to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime, particularly in areas of deprivation. Their views and information can be critical in shaping a campaign against anti-social behaviour. They will know the issues that affect them most. It may be tackling begging next to cash points, stopping street drinking or prostitution in a particular area, or making a specific shopping parade safer by dealing with intimidating groups.
Businesses can also help by taking a stand in their community, taking action against those who behave anti-socially on or outside their premises and not selling alcohol to underage young people.
If your business or your employees are suffering anti-social behaviour, we recommend you discuss with other businesses in the area whether there are others experiencing the same problems so that together you can form a coordinated approach to resolve the problems. Please see our Act Now! interactive guide for reporting anti-social behaviour as individuals to see whether you should be contacting the Police or the Local Authority to take things further.