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DHS Presentation on Threat Detection & Reaction

The Department of Homeland Security has posted a free, 23 minute on-line presentation geared to retail and shopping center sectors on the issue of recognizing potential threats.  It can be found at this link.

Is Fraud Increasing in the UK? SPSS Research Report

I’m not sure what to make of this report out of the UK conducted by SPSS/IBM.  It seems to be focused towards the IT side of business but makes a claim early on that there has been “around a 16 per cent overall growth in fraud throughout the UK” during this recession.  But, when you look at the statistics, only 12% of surveyed companies cited an increase in fraud while “82% asserted its constancy.”

As I have asserted in the past, it is important how we present our business case around our function.  We cannot lead with questionable claims and statistics if we want to be taken credibly.  Take a look at this report here and see if you can make more sense of it that I can…

Scotland Yard Shuts Down Scam Sites

The Metropolitan Police said Thursday it shut down more than 1,200 Web sites that purported to sell merchandise such as Tiffany jewelry and Ugg boots but instead shipped counterfeit goods or nothing at all, and put shoppers at risk of identity theft and financial fraud.

The Metropolitan Police said its Central e-Crime Unit worked with U.K. domain-name registry Nominet to shut down the Web addresses of the sites, and to keep them from being re-registered.

Police said the sites were run by criminal networks, and most of the sites were run out of Asia, despite having “co.uk” domain names, thanks to false registration details. Police alleged that the Web sites are thought to have generated “millions of pounds” for the scammers.

Civil Recovery Under Attack in the UK

A recent decision by the Citzens Advice Bureau (CAB) to stand against civil recovery in the UK has led to a slew of negative publicity regarding the practice.  It is ironic that CAB labels it as an “alternative justice system” as the continued laxing of criminal sanctions regarding shoplifting almost force UK retailers to find new means to combat shoptheft.  For a BBC article on this issue, click here.

Research Report: Loss Prevention 2010

RSR Research’s latest report, “Loss Prevention 2010: Retailers Battling Shrink in Tough Times” finds more retailers than ever reporting the priority of LP rising in their organizations. These findings are based on a survey of 83 retailers in the autumn of 2009. The report can be downloaded at http://www.retailsystemsresearch.com/_document/summary/1037.