Birmingham has bucked a national trend which has seen the number of crime-related insurance claims from firms increase by a quarter.
Many businesses blamed a lack of police presence for 24 per cent rise in claims over the last three months, according to a report published today.
But in Birmingham the number of claims dropped by 12.2 per cent to 17.69 per cent, the research by insurance firm Axa revealed.
Overall just under 18 per cent of all insurance claims in the city were crime related, compared with 19.35 per cent in Liverpool, 17.75 per cent in Manchester and 16.14 per cent in London.
The worst affected city was Nottingham, which suffered a 9.8 per cent rise in crime related claims to 27.46 per cent. Middlesbrough was the safest, with an 18.2 per cent drop to 12.78 per cent.
Jerry Blackett, policy director at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, said: "We have made progress in Birmingham, and there is a closer dialogue between business and the police.
"The police are also gathering data on business crime which they have not done before. But we have not cracked it yet, and there is still more to do."
Nationally, the study said most businesses believed local authorities could do more to protect shops, offices and factories from crime, such as installing more CCTV.
The Index, which is based on AXA's claims database, revealed that between April and June, the value of the average crime related business insurance settlement was £3,743.
Arson was the most common crime reported by firms in the second quarter of the year, followed by theft and malicious damage.
Neil Mercier, property insurance manager at Axa, said: "These results highlight how serious and prevalent the threat of criminal activity is for businesses. Employers must remain vigilant at all times and take precautions to minimise the risks."