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NBCS supports calls for collaboration in fight against business crime

Here, Catherine Bowen explains why the National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) couldn’t agree more with the recent comments made by Georgina Barnard (TP Crime Reduction and Partnerships for the Metropolitan Police Service) on the importance of sharing business data to help create a unified, collaborative approach towards fight business crime across the country.

Speaking at a recent retail crime conference, Georgina Barnard highlighted the growing importance of businesses taking a stand together to take preventative action in fighting criminal incidents affecting the UK’s business community. We’re delighted to see such a positive move by law enforcement to recognise how businesses are trying to work more collaboratively.

Georgina’s comments follow a long period of stretched resources and pressure to cut budgets, leaving many police forces focusing their efforts on the most serious incidents of crime. As a result, many businesses have been reluctant to report offences to the police due to a lack of confidence in the police service’s ability to progress an investigation. Now more than ever is a time when we can change this.

For example, using closer collaboration and an evidence-based approach, the National Business Crime Solution has supported a number of businesses to reduce their exposure to business crime while also providing a safer environment for customers and staff.

In fact, the latest half-year results reveal the initiative has helped to cut crimes costing over £650,000 a month. As new businesses sign up, the potential for savings could run into millions.

Catherine Bowen: policy and stakeholder director at the National Business Crime Solution

Catherine Bowen: policy and stakeholder director at the National Business Crime Solution

In addition, by working with law enforcement officials we can not only ensure cross-border serious and organised criminals are pursued but, by working with police analysts, we can also advise businesses on criminal trends and any particular hot spots for increased illicit activities.

That’s not to say the police haven’t been doing a good job, but until we collaborate across the whole country we’ll never have a full or detailed enough picture of the state of business crime in the UK to make a real difference.

In order to continue providing this service it’s up to the UK’s business community who are at the heart of this not-for-profit initiative. Unfortunately, the reality is that police today do not have enough resources or time to put these cases together.

However we choose to monitor and report crime there will undoubtedly be challenges ahead, but with closer collaboration between UK businesses and law enforcement we can effectively build a profile of business crime in the UK.

Catherine Bowen is policy and stakeholder director at the National Business Crime Solution

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National Business Crime Solution helping to “save millions” in fight against retail criminality

The National Business Crime Solution – a not-for-profit initiative providing businesses with access to a collaborative partnership that spans the public and private sectors as well as law enforcement agencies – has revealed how it has helped to cut crimes costing retailers £650,000 per month, which equates to over £8 million per annum1.

Supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) realises a central repository where business crime data is submitted, shared and analysed in order to determine key threats, linked crime series and national targets that can be investigated.

Sue Fish, deputy chief constable at Nottinghamshire Police and ACPO’s national lead on business crime, commented: “At the recent British Retail Consortium Retail Crime Conference, it was great to see both national organisations and police forces speaking highly of the pockets of intelligence that have been enhanced thanks to the sharing of information with the NBCS. It’s brilliant to witness the initiative working independently of policing and with a governance structure that provides all businesses with an opportunity to contribute.”

Retail crime cost an estimated £511 million in 2012-20132 and, with a reported rise in organised crime and further cuts to public sector funding expected, businesses are increasingly recognising the benefits of a not-for-profit initiative that works collaboratively with the business community. As a result, over the past six months membership of the NBCS has increased by over 50% and attracted some of the largest names in the retail sector.

The National Business Crime Solution is supported by ACPO

The National Business Crime Solution is supported by ACPO

Using closer collaboration and an evidence-based approach, the NBCS has supported a number of businesses in reducing their exposure to business crime while at the same time providing a safer environment for customers and staff.

Building a national profile of business crime

Catherine Bowen, policy and stakeholder director at the NBCS, explained: “In just six months we’ve seen significant progress. More importantly, by working in collaboration we’ve proven that we can build a national profile of business crime and actively support the police service by building watertight, cross-border cases that result in real action.”

Bowen continued: “By working with law enforcement officials we can not only ensure that cross-border, serious and organised criminals are pursued but, by working with police analysts, we can also advise businesses on criminal trends and any particular ‘hot spots’ for increased illicit activities.”

In the first half of 2014, the NBCS – ably supported by the National Business Crime Intelligence Bureau (NBCIB) – dealt with over 70 investigations exposing cross-border, serious and organised criminal groups. The body has also provided support to more than 40 national businesses across 33 police force areas resulting in 29 arrests.

Notable successes over the past six months included the NBCS working with one member business alongside cross-border authorities to halt a series of high value thefts valued at over £9,000. In just nine days, 32 recorded offences were committed across a number of force areas. By sharing information and working together, the NBCS quickly established the full nature and scale of the criminal gang’s activities, in turn leading to timely arrests and a subsequent end to the high-value crime spree.

Catherine Bowen: policy and stakeholder director at the NBCS

Catherine Bowen: policy and stakeholder director at the NBCS

Another NBCS member business suffered 11 burglaries in just two months costing the company over £22,000 in lost goods, repairs and lost trade. By working with the NBCS, a pattern of incidents was established proving they were linked and not isolated. As a result of this information being passed to the police and assisting with further case development, the authorities were able to step in and make a successful arrest.

Retailers alerted to crime trends

“Sharing information across the business sector has ensured that retailers are alerted to rising crime trends, enabling them to take preventative action,” added Bowen. “This has also meant that where there are organised crime groups in operation, information is collated and shared with the police to bring criminal activities to a timely end.”

The timing for the NBCS has never been better with major cuts to public sector funding and a greater recognition of the important role businesses can play in cutting crime leading to an increased appetite for data sharing.

“Business crime may have made it back onto the agenda,” asserted Bowen, “but the challenge now is how we keep it there. In order to continue the progress we’ve made so far, we need businesses to join us, share their data and be part of this fast-growing collaborative approach to preventing business crime.”

Retail crime cost an estimated £511 million in 2012-2013

Retail crime cost an estimated £511 million in 2012-2013

*The NBCS was recently awarded top spot in the Best Collaborative Solution category at the 2014 Retail Fraud Awards

*Further information on the NBCS is available by contacting Catherine Bowen via e-mail at: catherine.bowen@nationalbusinesscrimesolution.com

References

1Value of crimes prevented as recorded by a selected number of members. Full potential of savings is significantly higher than the figure quoted
2British Retail Consortium’s Annual Retail Crime Survey 2014

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The Cardinal Group celebrates multiple triumphs at the 2014 Retail Fraud Awards

Security and loss prevention solutions and personnel provider The Cardinal Group is celebrating multiple award wins at the 2014 Retail Fraud Awards as its Ministry of Ideas, ORIS Media and not-for-profit initiatives ORIS Forums and the National Business Crime Solution businesses were recognised for delivering exceptional service across the fraud and loss prevention sectors.

First to be recognised and highly commended by the judges in the Best Newcomer – Technology Solution category was the Ministry of Ideas. This provides businesses with innovative, data-driven solutions that enable them to make accurate operational decisions based on historical, real-time and predictive data.

Using cutting-edge technologies to make sense out of data, the Ministry of Ideas assists in converting that data into meaningful and actionable information in real time, subsequently helping businesses to run more effectively and profitably.

The honour was awarded to the business for its ProInform software – a mobile optimised reporting platform that provides intuitive, graphical reporting and dashboard functionality. The software delivers real-time reporting, data aggregation and alerts based on information captured through a number of sources and delivered to loss prevention or retail professionals via a handheld tablet.

Double triumph for ORIS Media

Picking up not one but two awards on the night, The Cardinal Group’s ORIS Media scooped the Best Overall Product and Most Innovative Cross-Functionality Product – People and Process awards for its recently launched Loss Prevention Europe magazine.

A European version of the highly successful US publication distributed by the same name, the magazine was launched in December last year and has already attracted thousands of subscribers from across Europe.

The Cardinal Group triumphed in several categories of the Retail Fraud Awards 2014

The Cardinal Group triumphed in several categories of the Retail Fraud Awards 2014

Also highly commended in the Best Collaborative Solution category was ORIS Forums, a not-for-profit organisation that has been facilitating forums for the retail industry since 2006. The organisation currently represents more than 100 brands encompassing over 35,000 stores responsible for in excess of £200 billion worth of sales.

The ORIS Forums are designed to provide a non-competitive arena for honest and open collaboration, helping retailers to tackle common issues and identify effective and sustainable solutions. A wide range of cross-forum conferences are offered alongside events, analysts’ days and relevant industry research. More than 11 forums are available spanning a wide range of sectors.

Taking top spot in the Best Collaborative Solution category (and the final Cardinal Group business to enjoy the spotlight) was the National Business Crime Solution (NBCS). The NBCS is a not-for-profit initiative providing businesses with an opportunity to join a collaborative partnership that spans the public sector, private sector and law enforcement agencies.

It’s supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers and realises a central repository where business crime data is submitted, shared and analysed in order to determine key threats, linked crime series and national targets that can be investigated.

Hard work and dedication to the cause

Speaking about the award wins, Jason Trigg (CEO of The Cardinal Group) explained: “We’re delighted that these initiatives have been recognised at this year’s Retail Fraud Awards. Congratulations to the team members who have shown such hard work, dedication and passion around these initiatives. It’s great to see their efforts being recognised by the industry. We couldn’t be happier.”

One of The Cardinal Group's teams pick up their trophy

One of The Cardinal Group’s teams pick up their trophy

*The Fraud Awards (which took place in Leicester and attracted over 400 guests representing more than 80 per cent of the UK’s Top 250 retailers) were established to showcase and celebrate the very best in retail fraud and loss prevention, people, processes, strategy and technology

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ABCP and MRCI join forces to launch National Association of Business Crime Partnerships

The Association of Business Crime Partnerships has joined forces with the Midlands Regional Crime Initiative to form a new body called the National Association of Business Crime Partnerships.

Designed to tackle retail and business crime, the organisation has been established to set a new standard by which business crime might be measured and managed in town centres and to reduce the impact of such criminality on the UK’s High Streets.

Association of Business Crime Partnerships (ABCP) spokesperson Richard Barron commented: “The ABCP and the Midlands Regional Crime Initiative (MRCI) have been supporting and accrediting business crime reduction partnerships for over ten years now. Both organisations have stood the test of time, but the moment is now right for us to join forces and become the standard-setting business crime reduction partnership support organisation in England and Wales.”

Barron added: “I’m delighted that both organisations will be sharing their resources and expertise to further raise the standards and contribution of business crime reduction partnerships in their work with partners, stakeholders and statutory agencies to reduce crime affecting businesses in our towns, cities and shopping centres.”

The new NABCP logo

The new NABCP logo

David Wilson of the MRCI explained: “We have been listening to businesses and our partners for new ideas and a fresh look with innovative solutions to reduce business crime and provide a return on investment for our members. In collaboration with business crime reduction partnerships and businesses in general, a new strategy is being established to raise standards and enable the legitimate sharing of intelligence to deter offenders and prevent crime. The National Association of Business Crime Partnerships will be the organisation through which the ABCP and the MRCI will work together to deliver the new strategy.”

Tim Edwards, chairman of the Retail Loss Prevention Fashion Forum (a collective of heads of loss prevention operational at many of the High Street’s biggest fashion brands) stated: “This development is long overdue. We’re delighted to support the establishment of a national body representing the interests of business crime partnerships and one which will set a benchmark standard of what ‘Good’ should look like. We will be working with the new organisation over the coming months to ensure that our stores and businesses have the best possible collaborative working relationship with their local business crime reduction partnerships to help reduce stock losses, protect our staff and improve the local retail environment for customers.”

Over the coming months, the National Association of Business Crime Partnerships will work collaboratively with business crime reduction partnerships and stakeholders to further raise the standards of accredited partnerships by:
• Maximising opportunities for the detection of offenders involved in retail and business crime
• Gathering and sharing intelligence on those involved in retail and business crime
• Further developing the collaborative intelligence sharing arrangement in place with the National Business Crime Solution (NBCS)
• Working with stakeholders to educate and divert offenders away from High Street crime
• More effectively meeting the needs of businesses in minimising opportunities for theft from their premises
• Ensuring business crime reduction partnerships operate to the highest possible standards of data sharing/processing in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998

*Further information on the National Association of Business Crime Partnerships is available by contacting Richard Barron via e-mail at: richard.barron@businesscrime.org.uk

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National Business Crime Solution publishes progress report for Q1 2014

The National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) brings businesses together to share crime data and information for further analysis in order to provide an intelligence-led approach for tackling cross-border, serious and organised crime.

The National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) provides a collaborative partnership across the public and private sectors in conjunction with law enforcement. Supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), it offers a central repository where business crime data is submitted, shared and analysed to determine key threats, linked series and national targets that can be investigated.

The organisation has just issued its inaugural progress report (which is focused on Q1 2014) and progress has been excellent.

NBCS Q1 Report

“The NBCS has continued to gather momentum in the first quarter of 2014,” said policy and stakeholder director Catherine Bowen, “attracting membership from a variety of sectors, including energy, freight and retail. A key area of focus for this year is to increase both membership and the data held within the central data repository of the NBCS so that businesses can be better informed about crime trends and possible risks to their operations.”

Catherine Bowen: policy and stakeholder director at the NBCS

Catherine Bowen: policy and stakeholder director at the NBCS

On 6 March, the NBCS re-launched TruckPol (the joint industry partnership with the police and the road, freight and haulage industry). By collating information from across the business sector, the NBCS is now in an even stronger position to identify trends that are impacting on the wider UK business community.

NBCS

“As part of the re-launch,” explained Bowen, “a letter was sent to all chief constables requesting that they share the data they hold on freight crime for comparisons with that supplied by the industry. Feedback from the police service has been extremely positive. Over 40 forces are now liaising with TruckPol on freight crime issues.”

Fraud: key area of focus

Another key area of focus for the NBCS over the past few months has been fraud. The organisation has established a Fraud Scoping Group and has been working with a range of businesses to understand how the NBCS can assist in harnessing the law enforcement response necessary to tackle the growing threat from fraud and online crime.

“The NBCS has taken a sample of data from a number of retailers,” stated Bowen, “and, at the last meeting on 12 March, was able to evidence a number of incidents affecting several businesses. One of these incidents was a live investigation where the extent of the offending had been previously unknown. The trial will now be extended to many more businesses to provide further evidence of the value of sharing fraud data and participation with the NBCS.”

Managed Service from the Private Sector Intelligence ‘Hub’

Since the start of the year, investigations being raised by the National Business Crime Intelligence Bureau (NBCIB) have doubled when compared to last year’s average.

Between January and March, the NBCIB raised 45 investigations. These have involved over 20 businesses and 15 police forces.

Just under half of the investigations raised were as a result of alerts being issued following information coming in from the businesses and police network which indentified wider offending.

In the first three months of the year, there have been eight cross-force investigations, with a lead force appointed in three of these cross-force investigations. Of the investigations raised, the large majority of offences related to theft, with a significant number also being as a result of fraud.

“In around 15 investigations, a vehicle was involved and notified to the NBCIB,” outlined Bowen. “In 12 of these investigations, NBCIB activity led to the vehicle being flagged to police as being involved in crime and subsequently led to the arrests of ten offenders.”

Presentation at IFSEC International 2014

Catherine Bowen will be delivering a presentation on the work of the National Business Crime Solution at this year’s IFSEC International Exhibition and Conference Programme.

The details are as follows:

Venue: IFSECGlobal.com Centre Stage Theatre, ExCeL London
Date: Thursday 19 June
Time: 3.00 pm-3.30 pm
Title: ‘The National Business Crime Solution: activities and success stories’

To register for attendance visit: https://registration.n200.com/survey/19f4az88277lu?check=1

NBCS End of Year Report 2013

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