Business Crime

Cambridgeshire Constabulary is committed to working with business across the county to reduce business related crime through effective partnership working. This section contains valuable information for businesses, not only to prevent and reduce crimes that affect you, but also links to national and local sites providing advice and information on partnership initiatives.

Some of the most effective organisations to counter business crime are those set up and managed by business themselves in partnership with the police and others. For example, two local organisations which are independent and non-profit making are HBAC and CAMBAC which help businesses to reduce the cost of crime, fraud, and anti-social behaviour and to make it difficult for thieves to carry on offending. Both are run by businesses for businesses.

Huntingdonshire Business Against Crime

HBAC LogoHuntingdonshire Business Against Crime (HBAC) is a partnership initiative to address crime related incidents across Huntingdonshire as a direct response to requests from local businesses.

Working closely in partnership with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Huntingdonshire Community Safety Partnership, Huntingdonshire District Council, Huntingdon Town Council, Huntingdon Town Centre Partnership, and St Ives Town Initiative, the towns are now safer places to live, work and shop.

For more information visit the HBAC website

Cambridge Business Against Crime (CAMBAC)

HBAC LogoCambridge Business Against Crime has over 200 active members spread across both day and night time focused business and works in partnership with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Cambridge Community Safety partnership, City Centre Management, City Rangers, CCTV and Cambridge City Council.

For more information visit the HBAC website

Peterborough Business Against Crime (PBBAC)


Peterborough Business Against Crime is dedicated to tackling retail and night time economy related crime in Peterborough city.

Run by businesses for businesses, PBAC adopts a proactive approach to preventing and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour by targeting offenders.

PBAC proactively sends information to retailers enabling them to intervene before criminals enter their stores. By employing this method and preventing thefts and other incidents before they happen, is cost effective, reduces aggression and violence and drives home the message to thieves that their behaviour will not be tolerated.

For more information contact

The Eastern Industry Business Against Crime group is another local group covering the Eastern Industries area of the city and is represented by local businesses, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Peterborough City Council.

For more information about Eastern Industry Business Against Crime contact Crime Reduction Officer Beverley Makin by calling 101.

South Cambridgeshire Business Watch (SCBW)

SCBW is an initiative to tackle the issue of crime against businesses in the South Cambridgeshire area, with the aim of making the community a safer place to live and work.

Working closely with local businesses, SCBW has three main areas:

  • Free regular updates and alerts about criminality in the area and relating to their business type
  • Pro-active crime reduction - including the gathering and sharing of information between members
  • Direct communication - the single email contact makes it easier to contact and communicate with the police about local business related crime.

SCBW is open to any business in South Cambridgeshire and is free to join; you just need to complete a simple registration form.

For further information about the SCBW contact

Forecourt Watch

Working with the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) and petrol retailers Forecourt Watch targets fuel theft and 'making off without payment', also known as bilking.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary is committed to further developing regular liaison between petrol retailers and BOSS area managers.

For more information visit the British Oil Security Syndicate web-site.

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