Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) is calling for assurance from Essex Police that crimes against business will remain a priority as £41 million worth of cuts begin to take effect.
Essex FSB Businesses Against Crime spokeswoman, Glenys Chatterley, said: “Essex FSB appreciates that Essex Police have to make savings of £41 million on its budget by 2014 and understand that in a service which is reliant on people that that means jobs have to go.
“Cutting 388 posts will inevitably have an impact on the service that is provided but we are keen to see crime against businesses remain a priority for Essex Police and will be looking at how we can work in partnership with them to achieve the best possible results in the current budget situation.
“Essex FSB encourages businesses to get involved with Business Watch, Farm Watch, Pub Watch, Taxi Watch and Shop Watch schemes as these are proven to be successful crime prevention measures.
“We are pleased that Neighbourhood Policing is to be retained under the new structure and would encourage business people to get to know their local police teams so they can work together to keep crime levels as low as possible as these cuts start to bite.”