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In statistics recently published in the local media, it has been revealed that business related crime in the West Midlands is above the national average.

Indeed, the figures for 2017 and 2018 suggest that there was an average of 4.3 crimes performed against businesses in Birmingham and the surrounding areas every hour.

Here we focus on how crime affects West Midlands businesses and the locksmith services that can prevent the damage and costs associated.

Shoplifting and theft

Shoplifting is the most widely reported form of crime affecting businesses in the West Midlands, with more than 19,000 incidents reported during the period. There were also 8,642 recorded complaints of customers ‘making off without paying’ and 359 thefts by employees.

With these incidents occurring within open working hours the installation of surveillance equipment is highly recommended whilst businesses can also benefit from using a rapid lock changing or key-cutting service if keys are stolen or otherwise compromised.


Business premises in the region suffer from the significant threat of break-in and burglary. More than 6,000 burglaries were reported by businesses during the 12-month period recorded, with a further 869 attempted break-ins reported.

In addition, businesses in the region were also subject to 910 robberies and seven aggravated burglaries (where the criminal(s) were armed).

Fortunately, there are a number of measured that can be taken in order to better secure business premises, including repairing and replacing old or broken door and window locks and implementing essential security upgrades.

The installation of burglar proof locking systems also plays a key role in protecting commercial properties. These high-tech systems protect against forced entry by using a strengthened anti snap cylinder which cannot be broken or manipulated by would-be intruders.

Find out more

Based in Sutton Coldfield, Chubb Locksmiths provide a broad range of locksmith services to ensure the safety and security of your business property. If you would like to discuss improving the home security in your property, including the installation of burglar-proof anti-snap locks, please contact the team at Chubb Locksmiths today on 07817 643167.