Business crime up by a fifth, according to Axa

Doug Barnett, risk manager at Axa, said: “Crime related claims have been consistently higher this year compared to 2006. This is particularly worrying as we approach the Christmas period which is traditionally one of the busiest periods for business crime. With many people taking holidays and some businesses closing entirely, premises will be left empty and under-staffed. Retailers are also vulnerable as stores carry increased levels of stock and as customer traffic affords more opportunity