Crime an Issue for Businesses; Not an Issue for Elections

Election season is a time for heated debates and discussions on foreign and domestic policies.  But one issue that has been surprisingly absent from political talking points this year is a mention of US crime rates.  GbBIS takes a look at how politicians and businesses have been dealing with crime. 

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In 1996, Americans ranked crime as their number 1 concern.  This year, it has fallen to the near bottom.  With a weakening economy, most Americans are concerned with where they are going to find work and how they are going to pay their bills.  But crime is still an issue.


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While President Obama’s and Governor Romney’s campaigns have assured voters that they are committed to public safety, the issue of crime was hardly mentioned during the recent presidential debates.  Businesses, however—especially those businesses located in large metropolitan areas like Detroit and Los Angeles—are as concerned about crime as they have ever been.


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It’s true, crime rates have gone down exponentially over the last 2 decades.  But, when compared to other countries like the UK, the US still has much higher numbers of violent crimes and homicides.  Businesses throughout metropolitan areas have seen increases in armed robberies, lootings, and even shootings near their stores.  Delivery companies have reduced the size of their delivery zones, sometimes completely cutting out cities with high crime rates.  Stores have adjusted their hours, taken out more comprehensive insurance policies, or moved their locations altogether.


Crime is an issue that still greatly affects businesses throughout the US and it is something business owners should consider before choosing a new business location or designing a delivery route.  If you are looking for a way to view crime statistics for your area, contact GbBIS.  We provide the most up-to-date Crime Risk data in the format that you need.  We offer Crime Risk as data on maps, reports, web applications, and databases to use with your mapping software.  Find the safest locations for your business.


Contact GbBIS today.  We have the data you need to keep your business and employees safe. 

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