Yob behaviour is costing businesses more than £1.3 billion a year, according to a survey out today.
Clearing up sick and urine, repairing smashed shop windows, erasing graffiti and sweeping broken bottles and litter-strewn streets cost each firm affected an average of £2,300 during last year.
High Street shops are worst hit, but all sectors of industry lose cash, according to the survey by insurance giants, Royal & SunAlliance.
Businesses in Scotland lose out the most. Yob behaviour costs affected businesses north of the border more than £7,000 a year on average, and one in ten claim they have to pay out more than £50,000.
This is followed by; the East of England, (average cost to firms £3,000); then London and the South-east (£2,500); North West (£1,200), Midlands, (£1,000); North East and Yorkshire £500; and South West and Wales £500.
The poll showed 37 per cent of Britain's businesses have fallen victim to yob behaviour with High Street shops the worst affected.
Businesses employing 50 to 99 people are experiencing the highest levels of yob behaviour (59 per cent).
And two per cent of businesses surveyed, an estimated 10,000 companies, are contemplating closing down altogether.
Brendan McManus, commercial director at R&SA, said: "Yob culture is causing a very real problem across the UK.
"It is worth remembering that not everything can be covered by insurance, while some damage is simply not worth claiming for, such as petty theft or broken windows.
"It is both shocking and sad that so many businesses are blighted by growing yob culture to the point that some are even thinking about closing altogether."
Pollsters surveyed 500 of the UK's four million firms to give a snapshot of how such loutishness is affecting business.
The findings backed the experiences of R&SA's own claims handlers and risk surveyors, the group said.
There were no similar surveys from the firm from previous years to determine whether yob behaviour affecting business was getting worse.
There were also no figures in the survey on how much some British firms profit by actually selling alcohol --widely regarded as the "fuel" behind much bad behaviour.
The survey did not ask firms their opinion on the effects of government proposals to allow pubs to open 24 hours a day.
Firms were asked if they had been affected by yob behaviour, defined by the pollsters as small scale theft, broken windows, graffiti or intimidation.
In rural areas, 27 per cent of firms said they had been hit by yobs, but 42 per cent had suffered in urban areas.
John Lamb, spokesman for the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce said that by engaging with their local communities, urban businesses could tackle damage caused by yobs.
"Its a problem that unites businesses whether large or small, but where businesses have invited local people into their workplace, they have seen a reduction of vandalism and a real interest in their work.
Mike Cherry, chairman of the West Midlands Policy Unit of the Federation of Small Business said that the region could also benefit from the new West Midlands Regional Business Crime Forum - a UK first bringing together a number of business organisations to tackle crime.
David Suszek, business crime reduction adviser at the Government Office West Midlands and founder of the forum, said: "We believe business crime costs the West Midlands in the region of £123 million. However, the West midlands is leading the way on this issue. More than 50 per cent of our crime reduction partnerships recognise business crime as a priority.
"We've worked hard to bring together the business representatives of the region together in the forum - no one organisation can tackle this problem alone."
The forum will be officially launched this November.