Binge drinking and drugs have been blamed by businesses for a rise in crime against them, a survey has found.
AXA says new licensing laws could increase crime levels
The study by insurance firm AXA found more than half said so-called "yob culture" was behind burglary and anti-social behaviour.
A quarter of businesses, many of them retailers, said their biggest fear was being attacked at work.
AXA said the problems could get worse when new licensing laws allowing 24-hour drinking come into force.
Among the firms surveyed, 44% blamed drugs for crime against businesses in their area, while 31% cited binge drinking.
"Our research shows that businesses are living in fear of becoming the victims of crime, such as burglary and anti-social behaviour," said Neil Mercier of AXA Insurance.
"The problem (of violent crime) could get worse when new licensing laws allowing 24-hour drinking come into force.
"The companies we surveyed are already blaming binge drinking for fuelling violent crime."
However, a spokesperson for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said that less than 0.5% of licensed premises had been granted a 24-hour licence.
The changes to the licensing laws come into force on 24 November.