Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs.
Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs.

Business pays price

THE economic impact of crime can be devastating for communities - particularly business owners.

Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs said the report on juvenile crime released by the Australian Institute of Crime and Griffith University had provided insight into just how much crime was costing the Fraser Coast.

She said the price businesses paid after a break-in included "hidden costs," including damage to the premises and the impact it had on profits if a business was unable to open, in addition to any items stolen.

"It all takes a toll," she said.

"Sometimes these costs are not recoverable by the complainant."

Police had a lot of sympathy for business owners who had their livelihoods affected by crime, Det Snr Sgt Colfs said.

"It is frustrating for us but we feel more saddened for them," she said.

"It causes a lot of stress and grief.

"There is continual targeting of some businesses and we need these businesses here.

"It's disappointing to see these businesses taking all the security measures they can yet they remain targets."



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