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Professor Martin Gill CSyP wins 2016 Imbert Prize bestowed by ASC

Professor Martin Gill CSyP, director of Perpetuity Research and founder of the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), has won the prestigious Imbert Prize bestowed by the Association of Security Consultants (ASC). The winner of the Associations segment of the annual Imbert Prize was announced at CONSEC 2016, which took place at the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel.

The Associations Prize is awarded to an individual in recognition of his or her demonstrably significant contribution to the security business sector across the previous year, with nominations made by ASIS UK, the British Security Industry Association, the International Professional Security Association and The Security Institute and adjudged by the ASC’s own Awards Panel.

The Imbert Prize itself highlights the ASC’s mission to encourage the advancement and professional development of the disciplines of risk and security management within the UK. The prize is named in honour of Lord Peter Imbert, former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service and Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, who has been a prominent figure in security and policing for many years now.


This award comes hot on the heels of Professor Gill receiving The ASIS President’s Award for Merit. This was awarded to Gill at ASIS International’s 62nd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (otherwise known as ‘ASIS 2016’), which ran in Orlando from 12–15 September. Gill received this particular award for his demonstrated dedication to the field of security and his assistance in advancing the profession as a whole, highlighted through his work in the field of security education, his service on the Board of the ASIS Foundation and the development and implementation of the aforementioned OSPAs.

Referencing this duo of prestigious honours, Gill told Risk UK: “To me, it’s the ultimate accolade to be recognised by your peers, and I’m both extremely grateful and humbled by the honour. I’m acutely aware of how many deserving people there are out there in security undertaking excellent work which is often unheralded. It’s ironic that I receive two prestigious awards when one of my main commitments is to recognise the truly deserving security people around the world via the OSPAs (www.theospas.com). I would like to thank all those people who continue to support me and my work.”

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Research suggests up to 45% of fraud linked directly to organised crime

New research conducted by the Police Foundation and Perpetuity Research has found that between 31% and 45% of fraud may be linked to organised crime. This is up to three times higher than the 15% level found in previous studies.

The research, which was funded by The Dawes Trust, looked at a large sample of frauds taking place in the Midlands and the South West. It found that fraud linked to organised crime was more harmful to victims than other types of fraud. On average, individual victims of organised fraud were likely to lose significantly more money per fraud offence (£10,260) than victims of non-organised fraud (£3,982).

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, director of Perpetuity Research and one of the research report’s authors, said: “We know that fraud, and particularly online fraud, is the new volume crime. Our research shows that organised crime groups play a much larger role in fraud than has previously been estimated, and that fraud linked to organised crime causes much more harm than other types of fraud.”

Investment fraud was most likely to be linked to organised crime, with around 70% of this fraud type estimated to be perpetrated by organised crime groups. Between a third (38%) and over a half (59%) of mass-marketing fraud is estimated to be linked to organised crime.

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The research also found that the police response to fraud was inadequate. Unlike traditional crime types such as burglary and vehicle crime, victims who report a fraud rarely receive a visit from a police officer or any other official.

Response to organised fraud

There are many agencies holding a wide range of powers which could bolster the local response to organised fraud. However, at present these agencies only work together on an ad hoc basis and systematic data sharing is virtually non-existent.

Given the complexity, the expense and the low success rate of fraud investigations, a more problem-oriented, multi-agency approach would, the researchers argue, be somewhat more effective.

Police Foundation director Rick Muir explained: “Despite its increasing scale across the UK, fraud doesn’t currently receive the recognition it deserves and tends to fall between the gaps of a number of agencies, including the police. While the offenders of organised fraud are difficult to prosecute, it’s clear there are vulnerable victims to safeguard, communities to protect and crimes to be prevented. It’s more important than ever to ensure that agencies and authorities don’t relinquish their responsibilities in tackling it.”

On average, Action Fraud receives details on 25,000 reported frauds per month. Based on the researchers’ estimates, this means that between 7,000 and 12,000 reported frauds could be perpetrated by organised criminals every month.

In practice, only a small proportion of these incidents are ever investigated by police forces. Furthermore, forces are not systematically recording the outcomes of fraud investigations, and are therefore not being properly held to account.

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Free online access to the Security Journal during March for readers of Risk UK

From 1-31 March 2015, publisher Palgrave Macmillan is offering free online access to all of its journals, including Security Journal

Edited by Professor Martin Gill FSyI (director of Perpetuity Research) and Bonnie Fisher and affiliated with ASIS International, Security Journal is – like Risk UK, in fact – a dynamic publication specifically designed to keep its readers informed about the latest developments and techniques in security management.

Professor Martin Gill

Professor Martin Gill

If the readers of Risk UK have not yet had a chance to sample the journal then we hope you will take advantage of this excellent opportunity in March.

We also encourage you to spread the word among your colleagues across the security world.

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Bundled services or security as a single service? “Jury still out” states SRI study

The Security Research Initiative’s latest report is based on interviews with suppliers and procurers of security services looks at the benefits and drawbacks of providing security as a ‘single service’ or as part of a ‘bundle’ alongside other facilities management services.

Based on thorough studies undertaken by Perpetuity Research, the report identifies a range of drivers that determine success or failure in outsourcing arrangements. These include the:

• correct identification of the types of outsourcing that’s going to work best
• quality of the procurement process that’s used to help identify the best supplier(s)
• experience of the buyer in providing the type of sourcing chosen
• experience of suppliers (and/or in-house sources) to provide the required service to a high level
• extent to which this can be achieved cost effectively (not least compared to alternatives)

Professor Martin Gill speaking at the 2013 BSIA Annual Luncheon

Professor Martin Gill speaking at the 2013 BSIA Annual Luncheon

What clients say about approaches to security procurement

Clients involved in the research process stated that they outsource their security for reasons that include:

• security companies being experts at security
• the fact that it’s more cost-effective

Clients surveyed also said they prefer to keep security in-house for reasons that include:

• security contractors are not sufficiently competent
• they don’t possess expertise in sub-contracting work

Clients like bundling because:

• they feel it offers cost savings and financial flexibility
• it affords an opportunity to standardise practices and improve management practices

Those clients who were questioned as part of the research also choose not to bundle for reasons that include:

• a feeling that bundling security with other services could lead to security being undermined
• a feeling that bundling security leads to a loss of control when it comes to the security function

What suppliers say about approaches to security procurement

Suppliers who took part in the survey feel that bundling is a good option because:

• it reduces administration for clients (this can result in cost savings)
• it can raise the quality of work of weaker parts of a bundle and allow staff to become more engaged with the wider organisation

Suppliers believe single service security is a good option because:

• it allows the client to choose the ‘Best in Class’ option
• managing single services can be more straightforward than complicated bundles

Professor Martin Gill, director of Perpetuity and the leader of this study, commented: “The jury is still out on whether the popularity of bundling in some places is a sign of new and better ways of working or a cyclical change brought about because, in current times, cost is often a priority over risk. There were strong supporters of some of the benefits of single service and some of bundling, although not always on a strong evidence base. What this study has shown is that many organisations have an incomplete understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of providing security in different ways.”

Background to the research

The research is based on in-depth telephone and face-to-face interviews with 44 clients and 28 suppliers of security services from a range of countries. The interviews were carried out in the first quarter of 2013. This was supplemented by an online survey of 145 clients and suppliers.

The research was undertaken by Perpetuity Research (which started life as a spin-out from the University of Leicester) under the umbrella of the Security Research Initiative (http://www.perpetuityresearch.com/sri.html), which itself conducts a study each year into a chosen aspect of security.

To download a free copy of the full report please go to http://www.perpetuityresearch.com/main.php or e-mail: prci@perpetuityresearch.com for more details.

Alternatively, telephone: 0116-222 5553.

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