Business crime is up, the doomsayers say.
Well, maybe not the doomsayers, but AXA, who in the latest incarnation of their Business Crime Index have declared that offences against commerce have jumped by 22 per cent.
The average cost of each offence is £3,643, which has led to firms demanding tougher penalties for criminals.
But it is all low priority for the police and, even if it wasn't, could the court system cope with further overload?
Scientifically as these figures may have been collected, they don't tell the whole story.
For one thing you have to be cynical about messages of woe coming from insurers who are surely going to benefit from our increased fears.
Meanwhile, Birmingham has bucked the national trend, with the number of insurance claims related to criminal activity dropping by 5.7 per cent to 20.7 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2004 compared with the previous three months.
The other red herring is that following such scares, everyone gets into a bit of a flap and starts wringing their hands.
The study revealed that the business community wants tougher penalties for criminals, with more than half of companies believing that the impact and seriousness of business crime is generally overlooked.
The general view is there should be a greater focus on tackling this problem from both the Government and police, while 29 per cent would like to see more criminals going to prison and 46 per cent going for longer. This is in a country which already has a record prison population and locks up more people than anywhere else in Europe.
While no one is decrying the importance of business crime, many firms could do more to help themselves.
Theft is responsible for more than two thirds of all offences and could probably be massively reduced by adequate lighting, locks or a decent CCTV system.
Business crime is not victimless, but firms could do more to stop being victims themselves in addition to a bit more of a hand from the police.
Neil Mercier, property insurance manager at AXA, said: "We have seen a sharp increase in the number of claims settled at the end of last year; one of the reasons for this could be because many business premises shut-down over the Christmas period making them easier targets.
"However, business owners must remain vigilant at all times and take precautions to safeguard their premises and employees."
Professor Martin Gill, Perpetuity Research & Consultancy International, Leicester University said: "Despite evidence that the public think that sanctions should be more punitive it is clear that businesses need to do more to help themselves.
"Proper risk assessments are key, malicious damage is common but not so costly, arson is rare but very expensive. They need appropriate but mostly different responses and businesses need to recognise that problems can be tackled by coordinated action."
Easier said than done.