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20th January 2015

UK Retail Crime up 18 per cent says BRC

Crime cost the UK retail industry £603m in the 2013-14 financial year – an 18 per cent increase on the previous 12 months, says the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Shoplifting, cyber-crime and fraud is now at its highest level since the current recording system began in 2004.

Simon Chapman, managing director of security consultancy Lodge Service, says:.

“ Organised crime is now a growing problem. Gangs are targeting more expensive items and stealing in bulk. The coordinated use of advanced technology and experienced store detectives is now essential in ensuring the data on in-store criminal activity  to then target protection precisely to deal with the growing threat.“

The security consultancy launched its ‘intelligence network’ in 2014 to provide a range of web-enabled security services for retailers for remote monitoring and mangement of resources, including CCTV, biometrics systems, RFID product tagging and access control.

Lodge Service’s team of store detectives is deployed through its national intelligence centre to coordinate their work with in-store security systems and deal with the ever-changing patterns of theft he says.

“ Retailers are faced with the challenge of reduced budgets for security and rising losses to more sophisticated criminals. This in turn demands a more sophisticated and focused approach to loss prevention. Without this, a retailer can quickly become known as a soft target to gangs that operate nationally.”

For further information about Lodge Service:

Lodge Service, 

Brook Point,

1412 High Road,

London N20 9BH

T 0800 289 080


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