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All businesses or enterprises (such as charities) that are victims of crime are entitled to:
The Impact Statement outlines how a crime has affected the business. The court must pass what it judges to be the appropriate sentence taking into consideration the circumstances of the offence and of the offender and where the court considers it appropriate, the impact on any victims.
Guidance on how to complete the Impact Business Statement is contained within the document. The statement provides the business with a voice in the criminal justice process, but should not express an opinion on the sentence or punishment the offender should receive.
As named point of contact for the business, you can submit the statement by email or by post to the police. Making an Impact Business Statement does not prevent an individual victim from making a separate Victim Personal Statement. You or a member of staff may have been personally affected by the crime. This is voluntary and no pressure will be placed to make a Victim Personal Statement.
A business may make another Impact Statement to add to, clarify or amend the existing statement at a later date, provided this is before the case comes to court or the suspect is sentenced. When submitting a statement, it will be in accordance with section 9 of the Criminal Justice Act 1967.
If the case reaches court, the Impact Statement will be disclosed to the defence. The named contact that made the statement may be required to attend a court hearing and be questioned on this statement.
The investigating police officer will offer a named contact for the business an opportunity to make an Impact Statement, refer them to guidance on how to complete this, and forward a completed statement to the CPS.
The CPS must ensure that an Impact Business Statement or Victim personal Statement is brought to the attention of the court where appropriate.
If your business has suffered a crime, you may find the following resources of practical benefit.
All business crime victims are entitled to make a Business Impact Statement, find the form below. Download and complete a Personal Impact Statement form if you or one of your employees wish to describe how the crime has impacted personally.
Send either, or both forms by post or email for the attention of your Investigating Officer.
We have crime prevention advice for a range of circumstances.
Visit the government website relating to Impact Statements for Business guidance.