Business and community burglary

A business and community burglary is when someone enters a building such as an office, shop, restaurant or place of worship with the intent to steal something or commit a crime.

This includes all buildings or parts of buildings that are used solely for business purposes or are outside the classification of residential burglary such as a library or community centre.

If the burglar has a weapon, such as a gun, knife or explosive, this is classified as an aggravated business and community burglary.

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My shop or business has been burgled
Your shop, business or organisation's premises has been broken into and items have been stolen
I think someone else's shop or business has been broken into
You believe someone else's shop, business or organisation's premises may have been burgled
I am worried that my shop or business may be burgled
You are worried that your shop, business or organisation's premises may be broken into and would like some advice to stop this happening
There are witnesses
Someone saw the incident happen
I don't think there are any witnesses
You don't know if anyone saw what happened

Your situation

This has happened more than once
This isn't the first time this has happened
I feel I've been targeted
If you feel that you have been targeted for a particular reason please make sure you tell us this
I do not speak English very well
English is not your first language and you may have difficulties discussing your concerns
I was injured or threatened with violence
The burglar used threats or violence during the incident

The person who did this

I think I know who did this
You have details of, or suspect you know who committed the crime
I don’t know who did this but I do have a description
You have a description of what the suspect or suspects look like
I don't have a name or description of the person, but I have other details
You do not have any description or names of those involved, but do have details such as their address, their place of work, their number plate, online details etc.
Someone I know has details about who did this
Someone believes they have information about the suspect
I don't know who did this
You do not have any details of who is involved in this


There is video footage or photos
You may have clear CCTV, video or images of the incident or know where there are cameras which may cover the area
There is evidence which could identify the person responsible
There may be evidence such as bodily fluids, fingerprints, footprints or saliva
They left something behind
The suspect may have left an item behind
There are verbal or written comments
The suspect/s said something, left graffiti, wrote something online or sent emails or messages
I don’t know if there is any evidence
You are unsure if there is evidence that can help with the investigation


This is affecting my mental or physical health
You would like support following this incident
I want to remain anonymous
You do not want to provide your details
I'm worried about going to court
You do not feel comfortable taking part in a trial or hearing
I am unsure if I can enter the premises and open it to customers or visitors
You want to enter the property and open it for use before officers arrive
I am unsure if I should send my staff, customers or visitors home
You want to know if you should send members of staff or customers and visitors home
I'm worried it may happen again


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