Crime against business continues to rise

Crime against businesses, hijackings and theft by force were on the rise in the second quarter of 2018.

This is according to crime-tracking data from April 1 to June 30 provided by Bryte Insurance on Monday.

The insurer started the crime tracker in the second quarter of 2016 and it measures crime trends by studying insurance claims from businesses.

“At 13.51%, the Bryte Crime Tracker indicates a substantial peak in the total incidents of crime perpetrated against businesses in Q2 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 where it reflected a deceleration to 7.73%.”

Crime has increased every quarter since the second quarter of 2017.

“A key contributor to the rising levels of crime may be attributed to the dire socio-economic challenges facing the country, specifically the high unemployment rate which was 27.2% in Q2 2018,” the report said.

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