Who we are
The National Business Crime Centre (NBCC) represents UK Police forces to work in partnership with the business community to tackle crimes against businesses. Our focus is on preventing violence and tackling organised crime whilst developing and sharing good practice between forces and private sector industries.
The NBCC was launched in October 2017 and hosted in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) with support from the Home Office. In 2021 ownership of the NBCC moved across to the City of London Police to support the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) business crime lead, Assistant Commissioner Paul Betts.
As well as business crime, the NBCC also support DCC Alistair Sutherland from the British Transport Police, who has the NPCC lead for the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme and Private Security Liaison.
What we do
Our aim is to:
Improve partnership working with the business community and raise national police standards, to accurately understand and reduce the impact of crime
Enable businesses to target resources more efficiently, through effective intelligence and information exchange, disrupting crime against business at a national level
Prioritise prevention, enabling businesses to protect themselves from crime by being a conduit of best practice and a centre of excellence, supporting all businesses throughout the UK.
The NBCC will engage with all businesses but have a particular focus on the following areas:
- Retail crime
- Business crimes that include vulnerable victims e.g. Violence against women and girls (VAWG)
- Business crimes that threaten the country’s infrastructure e.g. transport
- Business engagement in support of a national need e.g. Covid-19, major/critical incident, national coordination
- Private security liaison
- Community Safety Accreditation Scheme
Business crime is defined as:
Any criminal offence where a business, or person in the course of their employment, and because of that employment, is the victim.
How we do it
Through our website, the NBCC has created a central hub for business and police, providing a range of crime prevention material aimed at protecting businesses. The team also have a wide range of police and business contacts from which they use to identify emerging trends, create connections and build relationships to tackle business crime.
The NBCC are also supported by a point of contact in each police force allowing for the sharing of best practice and problem solving at a local level.
The NBCC regularly give presentations across a range of business sectors highlighting their work and sharing crime prevention advice.
Why we do it
The business community plays a critical role in supporting the country and local communities through services and employment. In recent years businesses have seen increased violence and abuse aimed at their staff, more so during the pandemic at a time when employees became key workers.
Crimes against business is becoming ever more sophisticated with increasing levels of complexity with organised criminality targeting businesses, threatening to undermine their existence. The NBCC is committed to raising standards and creating consistency to support the business community by improving partnership working and increasing intelligence to enable businesses to support themselves to prevent crime.