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Patterns of victimisation among small retail businesses

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 221

Natalie Taylor and Pat Mayhew
ISBN 0 642 24256 9 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, March 2002


This paper reports the findings of the 1999 Small Business Crime Survey, which covered approximately 4000 businesses in six retail sectors. The paper provides statistics on prevalence, incidence and concentration rates of victimisation for different crimes for small business retailers, with burglary and shoplifting being the most commonly experienced crimes. Statistics are also given for victimisation by retail sector, with liquor outlets being victimised more often than any other type of retailer for most crimes; repeat victimisation by retail sector for selected crimes; and the distribution of different types of crime across the six retail sectors. The results show that a minority of businesses, repeatedly targeted, account for a large proportion of all crimes, and that crime prevention directed at repeatedly victimised businesses will be more effective than random targeting.