Useful Information

6 September 2015 : Employee Fraudscape

CIFAS has published  the 2015 edition of their "Employee Fraudscape" research. They say: "Read about the internal fraud trends, and analysis on insider fraud threats, from a range of expert contributors.
This year's report covers data, the psychology of the internal fraudster, degree fraud, case studies and more."  

"56% of fraud is committed inside a compnay."

A copy of the document can be downloaded here.

Recorded shoplifting increases
Recorded incidents of shoplifting increased from 321,000 to 326,000 (2%) in the last 12 months.  The table below shows recorded shoplifting figures from 2009/10 to date.

2009/10      2010/11      2011/12      2012/13      2013/14      2014/15
307,823      305,896      308,326      300,623      321,078      326,464

Townwatch catches shoplifters in Atherstone

20 March 2015

On Sunday 17th March, security staff from the Long Street Co-Op contacted local PCSO Liz Udall 6207 via the Townwatch radios to inform her of a shoplifter caught attempting to steal a quantity of alcohol.
 PCSO Udall was nearby and attended straight away. The female was detained by security staff and her personal details were obtained.
The Police National Computer (PNC) showed that the female had previously been dealt with by police regarding shoplifting offences. The female was subsequently arrested and put before Nuneaton Magistrates Court.
Whilst dealing with this female, the Co-Op at Station Street also reported two persons acting suspiciously in the store.
 Having been banned previously, the two youths were given strong words of advice by PCSO Simeon Hodson 6098 and given replacement banning letters.
This is a great example of how partnership working gets results. The Townwatch radio is linked directly from the stores to police and town CCTV.
Source: North Warwickshire Borough Council

28 April 2015 :Warwickshire PCC steps up action against retail crime

Ron Ball, Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has pledged £1,500 towards tackling cross border retail crime using innovative technology.

The funding was agreed at the Business and Rural Crime Board meeting, which took place on Thursday 23rd April.
Awarded to the Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative, the project will allow information about shoplifters and other criminals who commit retail crime to be shared across a secure online system called ACIS, so retailers know when criminals have crossed into different areas.

The system will link across retail schemes in Banbury, Birmingham, Coventry, Hinckley, Leicester, Northampton, Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth, as well as all town centre SNT teams in Warwickshire and Police Intelligence for Warwickshire and West Mercia.

Targeting travelling shoplifters and other people known to commit crime against retail premises in the first instance, this will be widened in some circumstances to include persons who are barred from licensed premises that are members of pub watch schemes.

For those retailers who do not use the secure site, paper bulletins will be made available. It is intended that the scheme will launch later this year.

Ron Ball, Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said:
“Retail crime is a growing problem across the country – we know that the overall cost of retail crime has soared nationally by 15.6 per cent in a year to £1.6 billion, but we also know that crime does not stop at the county border. We need to be more sophisticated in tackling travelling criminals and ensure that retailers have the right information to be vigilant against retail crime.

“I am determined to get to grips with this problem in Warwickshire and am delighted to be supporting this innovative scheme – it will play an important role in helping to tackle this problem in our county and across our neighbouring areas.”

21 January 2015: Cost of retail crime soars to £1.6 Billion

The overall cost of retail crime has soared by 15.6 per cent in a year to £1.6 billion, but dramatically fewer incidents are being reported to police.

The £1.6 billion figure covers retail crime of all types and includes the value of goods stolen and damage done plus the money retailers spend on prevention.

Numbers of incidents of crime rose across all categories apart from violence against staff and robbery. Customer thefts are the most common retail crime (83 per cent of all incidents)
but saw the biggest fall in reporting. In 2011 47 per cent of customer thefts were reported. In this survey that was down to just 12 per cent, suggesting retailers' confidence in police responses
needs to be improved.

The survey indicates that the retail sector as a whole suffers 2 million of these shoplifting incidents each year involving around £200 million worth of goods. The average value of goods stolen in each
offence has risen 28 per cent to £109.

The British Retail Consortium's (BRC) Retail Crime Survey 2012 was published on 20 January. It gathers data directly from 44 retailers – 58 per cent of the retail sector by turnover
– and is the BRC's most comprehensive crime survey so far.

With the recently elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) now responsible for setting local crime-fighting plans, the BRC is concerned that such huge under-reporting means
they are not getting a true picture of the scale of retail crime. That could distort their priorities.

The survey shows e-crime is now the mostly costly form of retail crime. Costs increased for all crimes with the exception of shop break-ins. The survey also shows retailers spending more
on efforts to protect their staff, stock and customers. The retailers in the survey spent an average £750,000 each on crime prevention - seven per cent more than the previous year.

British Retail Consortium Director General, Helen Dickinson, said: "Systematic targeting of higher value goods by organised criminals is pushing up the cost of retail crime but the proportion of shoplifting
incidents reported to police has plummeted to just one in eight – highlighting just how much there is to do to build retailers' confidence in the way police forces respond. Retailers are spending more than
ever on protecting their customers, staff and stock. They deserve the support of law enforcers and politicians. Staff should have confidence to report crime and that action will be taken against those responsible
 for it. "The appointment of PCCs presents a new opportunity to understand and tackle retail crime and its effects. It's vital they put it high on their agendas."

Other key findings- On average, nearly one in 20 stores suffered a robbery during the year. The average cost of each incident trebled to £3,005 from £989 the previous year – a result of more serious,
organised offending. - The survey suggests 28,700 retail workers across the whole retail sector suffered physical attacks, threats or verbal abuse during the year but the number of incidents per 1,000 employees
had more than halved to 11.6, compared with the previous year. - Fraud accounted for 26 per cent of the total cost of retail crime last year. All types of fraud had increased with identity fraud rising for 80 per cent
of retailers in the survey. E-crime accounted for 37 per cent of the total cost of crime – making it a more costly retail crime than shoplifting.

The full crime survey is avaible here.