Category Archives: Industry News

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

Corporate Crime Up In Canada

Corporate crime has risen in Canada over the last year, with sour economic conditions cited as a factor, according a new report.  Survey results released Thursday by global business-advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers shows 56 per cent of Canadian companies saying they had been victims of economic crimes within the previous 12 months. That was up four percentage points from a similar study done in 2007 and 10 points higher than what was reported in 2003.

There were 52 Canadian firms involved in the survey, which was conducted in the fall.  Read the article here.

Research Poll: Americans Approve of Video Surveillance to Fight Terrorism

A recent Harris Poll survey indicates that 96 percent of U.S citizens feel the federal government and law enforcement agencies should be able to use video surveillance in an effort to counteract terrorism and help protect U.S. citizens in specific public places.

Four out of five adults feel that in extreme cases, such as a terrorist attack, the government should be able to use any available means to protect citizens, and more than half (54 percent) of U.S. adults are even willing to put a portion of the government’s stimulus funds toward setting up video surveillance to help reduce crime.   Read the full article here.

New Book Release

My good friend and colleague, Adrian Beck, has just had his new book released by Palgrave-McMillan Publishing.  In New Loss Prevention: Redefining Shrinkage Management, Beck and Colin Peacock, from Proctor & Gamble, give a fresh look at many of the traditional issues we face and challenge existing, preconceived ideas and approaches to tackling shrinkage. 

Beck is a Reader in Criminology and Head of the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.  He is one of the leading researchers in the area of retail loss prevention and shrinkage and the chief architect behind the ECR Road Map for Shrinkage.  Colin Peacock has global responsibility for shrinkage management, on-shelf availability and brand protection for P&G.

Use this link to open a PDF order form for the book – New Loss Prevention – Order Form