The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has repeated its call to the government to make business crime a key performance indicator for police, after a new report found that 58% of small businesses fall victim to criminal activity each year.

The FSB report, which was based on responses from more than 18,000 business owners, showed that crime against small business is reported in less than half of cases, with 25% of business owners giving up hope that the police could find the criminals.

The research also highlights that businesses in urban areas are twice as likely as rural businesses to have experienced assault on a member of staff, while regionally, businesses in the north were most likely to be hit by crime.

The government sets 13 targets for the police - none of them featuring businesses.