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Crimes against business: a review of victimisation, predictors and prevention

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, December 2002

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Abstract

This report reviews the literature, both Australian and overseas, on crimes against business. First, findings are presented on the nature and extent of business crime, with data relating to victimisation, reporting, and costs. This section includes findings for different types of business crime, as well as an overview of important findings from the AIC study of crimes against small business in Australia conducted in 1999. The report then goes on to consider possible predictors for business crime, from individual and situational perspectives. Finally, the report focuses on the preventative aspect of business crime, first presenting findings from various studies which have reported on business owners' own efforts to fight crime, and then detailing case studies of successful crime prevention strategies, along with guidelines for business. The report concludes by making a number of recommendations which, if implemented, would improve the community response to business crime, increase our knowledge base, and most importantly, reduce and prevent the perpetration of crimes against business in Australia.