More From Retail Fraud ‘On The Road’ Conference

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Last week our Director, Martin Gill, chaired the Retail Fraud ‘On The Road’ Conference in Leicester. He reported back on a wide array of very good speakers reflecting on such diverse topics as learning from the Olympics to issues involved in centralising a Loss Prevention team.

Martin also gave a breakfast briefing in which he reported on some of the issues that the police have encountered in working with private security. These included:

  • Lack of leadership (on both sides).
  • Lack of accountability/regulation.
  • Opposing principles (private security are motivated by profit rather than public service).
  • Threat to reputation (not least when things go wrong and the police have to pick up the pieces).
  • Nature of front-line policing not conducive to private security.
  • Resistance to reducing police numbers.
  • Shortage of the necessary business skills (Police are trained to deal with major crises but not to evaluate business plans).
  • The ability of the private security industry to deliver (the G4S Olympic failures illustrate the point).
  • Absence of evidence that it provides value for money (at least the evidence is contradictory).

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