Industry Focus

— Feb 26, 2020

Will free sanitary wear create period drama for retailers?

Presenting vouchers or having to provide ‘proof of need’ may offer practical steps or challenges for the introduction of free sanitary wear after Scottish MSPs backed the principle of tackling period poverty by making sanitary products available ‘to all free of charge.’

— Jan 29, 2020

Scottish fraud cases triple

The value of major fraud cases going through the Scottish courts has more than tripled in 2019, according to the latest KPMG Fraud Barometer.

— Dec 18, 2019

Will Boris impose tax on digital sales?

The acronym BORIS – buy online return in store – may have passed into retail parlance, but will newly-elected prime minister Boris Johnson follow up on the pre-poll pledge to impose a tax on digital sales and face a potential tariff confrontation with the White House?

— Dec 18, 2019

Increased UK fraud is on the cards

The UK’s card fraud losses were the biggest in Europe, and account for nearly half of the €1,616 million (£1,400 million) lost to fraud across the 19 countries on the map, according to analytics software firm FICO’S annual European survey.

— Dec 2, 2019

Defamation case over M&S bag thrown out by Irish court

A judge has dismissed a woman’s €75,000 damages claim for defamation, which was brought after she was asked whether she had paid €1 for a Marks and Spencer (M&S) shopping bag.

— Dec 2, 2019

Payment security compliance in worrying decline

Payment security compliance has declined for the second year in a row, with organisations based in the Americas particularly lagging behind worldwide counterparts, according to Verizon’s 2019 Payment Security Report.

— Dec 2, 2019

Don't be fooled this yule, says ACG

Consumers are being warned to be aware of the dangers of fakes and counterfeit gifts during the festive season.

— Oct 28, 2019

Internal fraud one of the biggest threats to charity sector

Over two thirds of charities (69 per cent) think fraud is a major risk to the charity sector and internal fraud is recognised as one of the biggest threats.

— Oct 28, 2019

Boris is hitting the headlines and it's not in relation to Brexit

There is more than one controversial Boris hitting the headlines, and it’s not in relation to Brexit, according to a new survey into retail fraud scams.

— Sep 28, 2019

Active Deterrent for retail

The case for changing the way we approach LP.

— Sep 25, 2019

Entering the Drone Zone

— Jun 11, 2019

Shaping the future of loss prevention

Retail is changing. What loss prevention does tomorrow will be different than today

— Jun 11, 2019

The recovery of civil recovery

How civil restitution has been reinvented and rehabilitated

— May 22, 2019

Defamation is fuelling a small business crisis in Ireland

The boss of a security business that specialises in forecourt technology that prevents criminal ‘drive-offs’ is supporting an initiative to change the defamation of character laws in the Republic of Ireland.

— May 22, 2019

Shoplifters of the world are uniting in Manchester

The latest crime figures suggest there were two acts of retail pilfering every hour but 85 per cent of cases were dropped by police and prosecutors.

— Apr 30, 2019

AI Driving River Island Stock

Fashion giant River Island has chosen Spanish tech firm Nextail to roll out artificial intelligence (AI) driven forecasting and stock solutions across its store and product network.

— Mar 28, 2019

Retail crime prevention costs are increasing

The total cost of crime and crime prevention for retailers was £1.9 billion last year, up 12 per cent from £1.7 billion the previous year, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

— Mar 28, 2019

Fraudsters are ahead of the game

Almost two thirds (73 per cent) of UK businesses believe that fraudsters who carry out payments fraud are now ‘ahead of the industry’, according to the third annual Business Fraud Report from Vocalink, a Mastercard company.

— Mar 28, 2019

Changing of the Guard

Recruitment for retail store guarding is now drawing from a more diverse talent pool, according to figures from one of the UK’s biggest security screening businesses which is seeing greater interest from women, ethnic minorities and disabled candidates.

— Mar 27, 2019

The Roads Most Travelled

Managing crime along the UK's motorway network

— Feb 28, 2019

Chargeback Disputes

How data collection can help beat friendly fraud to win back revenue.

— Jan 31, 2019

Criminal drive off spike prompts interest in unmanned stations

A spike in criminal drive-offs from forecourts has prompted renewed interest in unmanned fuel stations, according to Metro Security which provides technology that integrates CCTV and ANPR for both kiosk-driven and ‘pay-at-the-pump’ service areas.

— Jan 31, 2019

Amazon commences robot delivery trials in the US

Online multi-merchandise retailer Amazon has begun trials of an autonomous delivery robot called Scout.

— Dec 17, 2018

From Knocking On Doors to Knocking In Doors

The new Director General of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group on the challenges of fighting IP infringement

— Dec 17, 2018

It's Never Too Late to Innovate

For the critics who argue that there is nothing new under the sun in loss prevention, there is a contrary argument—it’s never too late to innovate.

— Dec 17, 2018

The Effective Management of a Fatal Accident Investigation

Preparing for the first forty-eight hours after a fatal accident.

— Oct 30, 2018

Under 21s more likely to be victims of ID fraud

According to Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, a startling number of young people are falling victim to identity fraud.

— Sep 28, 2018

No deal Brexit impact on credit card payments

The UK government has warned that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, consumers would face slower and more costly credit card payments when they buy European Union products, while British citizens living abroad could lose access to their bank accounts altogether.

— Sep 28, 2018

Voice fraud on the increase

A new report highlights a rise in voice-activated fraud, and the problem is set to get worse with the rise of synthetic speech powered by artificial intelligence.

— Sep 27, 2018

2018 Retail Loss Challenge

The Four-Month Hunt for Innovation in Loss Prevention.

— Sep 27, 2018

Autocorrection and Data-Driven Justice

How can retail benefit from advances in Artificial Intelligence that are revolutionising justice and healthcare?

— Sep 27, 2018

Getting Needle at Work

Rising substance abuse in the workplace prompts increase in UK testing market and need for “amnesties”.

— Aug 30, 2018

Retail crime, shrinkage and security study

Crime, shrinkage and security are key interests across the retail sector. Portsmouth Business School is working with Crime&tech srl (, a spin-off company of the Università Cattolica of Milan, to carry out a study on retail crime across 11 European countries: Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

— Aug 30, 2018

ID fraud dips for the first time since 2014

The latest headline figures for incidents of identity fraud, which represents more than half of all recorded fraud incidents, have shown the first decline since 2014, according to CIFAS, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service.

— Jul 30, 2018

Worldpay trials drone with contactless payment technology to combat fraud

Worldpay is developing a proof-of-concept drone that incorporates contactless payment technology to help combat the growing issue of parcel fraud.

— Jul 30, 2018

NBCS urges logistics firms to help stub out tobacco theft

The National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) is urging logistics companies to do more to halt the rapid escalation in tobacco theft from the rear of delivery vehicles.

— Jun 29, 2018

Women of Loss Prevention

US survey results reveal how women view their current roles in the industry

— Jun 29, 2018

UK's growing drug culture requires more rigorous workplace drugs testing

More rigorous drugs testing required to provide staff with a safe working environment

— Mar 28, 2018

Retail strides vs Surveillance creep

Why regulation of feature recognition goes beyond face value.

— Mar 27, 2018

ICO encouraging firms to put their heads in the 'sand'

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) plans to create a "regulatory sandbox" – a safe software testing environment - as part of its first ever technology strategy to help organisations build adequate data protection into their products before they are released.

— Feb 27, 2018

Fraud is increasing in cost and complexity

Fraud is increasing in cost and complexity, according to the latest report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

— Jan 30, 2018

December's weakest spending for last five years

Christmas closed off a very lean year for spending, according to the latest survey from Visa.

— Dec 15, 2017

Driving the Gender Agenda

Diversity, some may argue, is an over-used word in the workplace.

— Dec 15, 2017

Cross-Border Co-operation

There’s an old Irish Proverb that says, “You can’t plough a field by just turning it over in your mind.”

— Dec 14, 2017

Sainsbury’s and Unilever look at bitcoin technology for sustainability

Sainsbury’s and Unilever have joined a new international initiative that will test whether blockchain – the critical part of the bitcoin peer-to-peer payment system - can help reward sustainability in the supply chain.

— Dec 11, 2017

Searching for Reality in Retail

Read any retail trade publication or mainstream news-media article about our industry, and chances are that you will walk away feeling bearish on the future of this business.

— Dec 11, 2017

Game Changers - The rise of Hayley Jane Lee of Gala Leisure

Game Changers is a brand new series of what will be regular articles in LP Magazine Europe focusing upon inspirational risk practitioners.

— Nov 28, 2017

Continued counterfeiting will drive hologram growth in 2018, but look out for new developments, days trade body

Global threats are set to continue to push demand for authentication and brand protection devices such as holograms, predicts a leading global industry trade body.

— Nov 28, 2017

Greater competition on the cards in Europe

Competition is expected to grow in the European payment card market as issuers are taking advantage of the wider acceptance enjoyed by Mastercard and Visa by pushing ahead with the upgrade of Maestro and Electron cards, new research from RBR has found.

— Oct 31, 2017

Gender pay gap grows

With one of the Government’s flagship rules on pay equality scheduled to come into force in 2018, just one per cent of the UK’s large companies have complied with the new pay transparency rules so far, according to a new study from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

— Oct 6, 2017

ORIS scoops Vendor of the year at Retail Risk Awards

ORIS has scooped the coveted Vendor of the Year award at the 2017 Retail Risk Awards which took place at the King Power Stadium, Leicester on 5th October.

— Sep 28, 2017

The need for a longer reach for the GDPR

In his best-selling management title The World is Flat, business journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman prophetically framed the rapid development in technology and communications thusly, “Remember, in 2005: Facebook didn’t exist for most people, Twitter was still a sound, 4G was a parking space, and Skype was a typo!”

— Sep 28, 2017

New disruptive technology could be an LP game changer

Opposites attract. In life as in science, polarity generates a need to pull together, and a positive always needs a negative.

— Sep 27, 2017

Tax Stamp body briefs EU Government on flaws in tobacco track and trace legislation

The international tax stamp industry has expressed concerns over how the implementation of the track and trace and security feature requirements of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).

— Aug 31, 2017

River Island reduces garment theft by 60 per cent at flagship store

River Island has reported a reduction in retail theft of 60 per cent on garments at its flagship store on Oxford Street following the introduction of new security tag technology.

— Jul 28, 2017

Passport to CCTV Compliance

New guidelines on the legal installation and use of CCTV systems have been introduced by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner.

— Jul 28, 2017

UK needs to provide clarity on data plans post-Brexit

The UK Government should step up to the plate in terms of parity with the European Union (EU) with respect to data protection in order to ensure unhindered data flows between the UK and the EU post-Brexit, according to the EU Home Affairs Sub Committee.

— Jun 30, 2017

Canine Crime Fighters Become Digital Detectives

There's an old saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Like many similar pearls of wisdom, it is no longer fit for purpose in the twenty-first century, particularly when dogs have an inexhaustible appetite to learn.

— Jun 30, 2017

Security industry urges PM to go soft on Brexit

The Government must refresh its Brexit strategy and reach out to a wider community in order to build consensus for its negotiating priorities, according to security industry trade association ADS.

— Jun 30, 2017

Organised gangs research

New research reveals that organised crime groups (OCGs) are twice as prolific as official figures indicate.

— Jun 30, 2017

Only the brave

LP professionals are being asked to nominate someone from their ranks for acts of bravery in the line of duty as part of the prestigious City of London Sherriff’s Award.

— Jun 30, 2017

Investing in Research - Keeping it Fresh

Someone recently asked why the ECR Community Shrink & OSA Group has kept going for so long.

— May 31, 2017

UK companies could be exposed on DP laws post-Brexit

Mythology about European laws not impacting the UK post-Brexit has resulted in more than a quarter of British businesses in the retail sector cancelling all preparation for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the misunderstanding that it will not apply.

— Apr 26, 2017

New report raises fresh alarms over counterfeiting, says Trade Body

A report predicting a continuing rise in counterfeiting will sound fresh alarm bells for producers and suppliers of goods, warns the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA).

— Mar 29, 2017

Can We Globalise around Global Eyes?

While the new “anti-establishment” world is rejecting globalisation, will CCTV technology integration provide the panacea to retail risks?

— Mar 29, 2017

Travel Should Broaden the Mind, Not the Risk

Overseas travel, particularly business travel, can be seen as glamorous by the uninitiated.

— Feb 27, 2017

Global fraud losses up 40 per cent since 2008

Fraud now costs UK organisations a staggering £125 billion each year, with cyber playing a part in most incidents, according to a new report.

— Jan 31, 2017

The gender agenda

The still largely male-dominated world of loss prevention could this year placed under the gender pay spotlight.

— Jan 31, 2017

Home Office launches retail crime survey

The UK Government is carrying out an extensive survey of retail and cyber- crime to help drive and target harden crime-fighting policy.

— Dec 14, 2016

Preparing for the Future Retail Loss Landscape

It has proven to be another interesting year for the European retail industry as it continues to grapple with an unstable economic outlook, growing competition, greater complexity, and the proliferation of technological innovation with omni-channel and e-commerce seeing rapid growth in many countries.

— Nov 21, 2016

Global threats drive hologram 2017 growth, says trade body

Continuing demand for effective security devices to meet global threats will drive growth for authentication and brand protection holograms in 2017, says the industry trade body.

— Oct 6, 2016

Don't Leave Me This Way

The tectonic plates of Europe underwent a seismic shift on 23 June when Britain decided in a referendum to be the first ever country to exit (Brexit) the European Union (EU).

— Oct 6, 2016

A US Perspective on Loss Prevention Leadership

Successful loss prevention executives must have a broad knowledge and skill base well beyond just understanding cameras, tags, investigations, and other loss prevention tactics.

— Sep 26, 2016

Dial F for fraud

Phone scams are on the increase, but consumers are failing to hang up on fraudsters.

— Aug 31, 2016

Khan target hardens capital against terror

Sadiq Khan, the new mayor of London is target hardening the capital against the threat of terrorist attack.

— Jul 29, 2016

Five steps to fight fraud

There is no ‘one-size fits all’ risk strategy, and recognising that fact is one way of assisting businesses to combat the mushrooming trend in cyber-crime.

— Jun 29, 2016

Predicting the Future of Loss Prevention

There are few upsides for those predicting the future, as it is a certainty that any wrong prediction will live forever. Just ask Bill Gates about his prediction that 640 KB of memory ought to be enough.

— Jun 29, 2016

Changing The Guard

In the UK Chancellor's July 2015 Budget, George Osborne surprised many political commentators by announcing that Britain would be following the example set by Germany last year with the introduction of a National Living Wage (NLW) of £7.20 per hour for people over twenty-five years old. Furthermore, this figure would rise to £9 per hour by 2020.

— May 31, 2016

ORIS Forums celebrates 10th anniversary with 'best event to date'.

ORIS Forums, the not-for-profit collective of retail-led forums that share best practice and intelligence to reduce risk and crime in the retail sector, celebrated its 10th anniversary in style this month with its party-themed annual Risk Summit.

— Apr 30, 2016

Invoice fraud on the increase

Small businesses in the UK are losing more than £9bn from invoice fraud every year.

— Mar 30, 2016

What a Waste

Understanding the Link Between On-Shelf Availability, Sales, and Loss

— Mar 16, 2016

Risk consultancy is booming, according to global report

Risk and regulatory work is now the fastest-growing consulting service in the UK, breaking the £500 million barrier for the first time.

— Feb 25, 2016

Retailer Rose tackles thorny issue of 'Brexit'

Britain would be landed with £11bn in new tariffs if it left the EU and did not get a free trade agreement, according to Lord Stuart Rose, the CEO of online supermarket Ocado.

— Feb 25, 2016

New figures reveal fraud at its highest since 2011

The latest BDO FraudTrack report shows that the total value of reported fraud in 2015 was £1.5 billion, representing an increase of 110% from the previous year and the highest value recorded since 2011.

— Dec 16, 2015

Survey – Tackling Cyber-Crime: The Role of Private Security

One of the most respected criminal behaviour research bodies in the UK is carrying out a study into the role of private and corporate security in addressing the threat of cyber-crime.

— Dec 9, 2015

Who Buys Wins

The Importance of Adopting a Collaborative Approach to Shrink Management

— Oct 29, 2015

China in our hands

UK Trade and Investment, the Government department that supports UK-based exporters, has signed agreements with five top Chinese e-marketplaces to widen access to China's market of more than 650 million Internet users to British retailers.

— Sep 28, 2015

International Rescue

When It’s Not Business as Usual in the World’s Most Troubled Territories

— Aug 28, 2015

Cyber-Crime, Online Investigations & Security Course - 29th & 30th September

ORIS Media is holding a unique 2-day Cyber-crime, Online Investigations & Security course that is being run in partnership with two well-respected organisations that are experts in their field; Cyber-crime experts – The Risk Management Group, and the leading providers of non-confrontational interview techniques training – Wicklander-Zulawski.

— Aug 28, 2015

Supply chain helps push UK Fraud up by 22 per cent

The value of fraud in the UK has risen by 22 per cent to £385 million, according to the latest figures from the respected KPMG Fraud Barometer.

— Jul 31, 2015

‘Wee lads and lasses’ sought for Scottish shoplifting sprees as part of Fagin’s gangs, warns Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Children as young as 10 years old have been arrested for shoplifting in Glasgow stores, according to shocking official figures.

— Jul 31, 2015

Insurance industry records spike in bogus slip and trip claims

The compensation claim culture reached a new high after a report revealed that the number of insurance liability frauds - including so-called 'slip and trip' accidents - jumped by 75% last year.

— Jul 31, 2015

Report highlights European cost of fake goods

A new report has for the first time attempted to put a figure on the cost of counterfeit goods to industry and the collective Governments of Europe.

— Jul 7, 2015

What next for EAS?

This article set out to answer the question—what next for EAS? Reflections on Current and Future Developments in Product Protection by Colin Peacock, ECR Europe

— Jul 7, 2015

Why LP is going to the dogs

LP Magazine EU sniffs out examples of where man’s best friend is on the front paw of risk management as public law enforcement retreats from front line detection in favour of an increased role for so-called “private pooches.”

— Jul 1, 2015

A new face in the fight against business crime

A successful initiative that has helped to raise the profile and improve public and private sector collaboration in the fight against business crime is now joining forces with a not-for-profit crime intelligence sharing platform that it helped to create.

— Apr 29, 2015

Not my role

What you can tell about a store’s shrink rate from the state of the staff washroom.

— Apr 29, 2015

German Data Protection Commissioners take action against Safe Harbor

The protection of international customer data as provided by the so-called ‘Safe Harbor Program’ operating between the EU and the US, is under threat from within, which will mean that companies need to consider alternative methods of protecting cross-border sensitive information such as credit or debit card details.

— Mar 31, 2015

Young men the biggest risk group for identity fraud

Recorded incidents of fraud increased by 25 per cent last year, according to the latest report from the UK’s fraud prevention service - CIFAS.

— Mar 31, 2015

Global Economic Retail Crime getting worse

A PwC report says that global economic crime impacting the retail and consumer markets is on the rise, with almost half of respondents to a global survey being impacted.

— Mar 2, 2015

The ABC of beating corruption

Retail is one sector where businesses may fall under scrutiny of the far-reaching Bribery Act. Sainsbury’s has already fallen foul of the Act, but any retailer that deals in millions of euro supplier contracts in the UK, or overseas, will fall under scrutiny.

— Jan 27, 2015

New European Data Protection rules set for 2015

Major changes to EU data security legislation are expected to become law in 2015; however many UK organisations have yet to ensure they are compliant, according to one expert.

— Jan 27, 2015

Forum brings Police and security companies together

A new group has been launched to provide a forum through which Police and commercial security organisations can work closer together in London.

— Dec 8, 2014

The 11 Habits of Low-shrink Retailers

How do you compare?

— Dec 8, 2014

How “Minority Report” Affects the Majority

Future Proofing the World of Biometrics in a Mobile Age

— Nov 28, 2014

Research will help tackle worldwide organised crime

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has announced the launch of a new strategic hub designed to explore and tackle serious and organised crime by way of high level research both in the UK and overseas.

— Nov 28, 2014

Germany invests more in anti-theft technologies

Shop theft in Germany has reached such a level that retailers are investing in more technology and innovative ways of protecting stock, according to research from Cologne-based EuroHandelinstitut (EHI).

— Oct 27, 2014

CCTV must be necessary and proportionate – ICO

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned CCTV operators that surveillance cameras must only be used as a necessary and proportionate response to a real and pressing problem.

— Sep 23, 2014

15 years and 15 best practices to help retailers Sell More and Lose Less

Colin Peacock from the ECR Europe Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability (OSA) Group outlines some of the key learnings from the extensive work undertaken by this group over the past 15 years.

— Aug 15, 2014

Profiling takes shape

Offender profiling is taking a different shape, as investigators grapple with increasingly ‘social’ criminal activity.

— Jun 25, 2014

Variance in EU Salaries

Loss prevention is probably the most schizophrenic of all retail jobs. Its personalities are numerous and its masters are manifold. Even the titles are different. Some refer to themselves as loss prevention, others asset or profit protection, and still others as security managers. An increasing number are identified as business risk executives, looking after the broader range of issues to include business continuity, brand protection, and the health and safety of thousands of workers and customers. This may even include those customers who enter a store with the sole intent of…

— Jun 23, 2014

Brand reputation damages Amazon’s sales

Amazon’s UK sales growth has slowed over the past year as consumer perceptions of the brand fell after criticism of the amount of tax the firm pays.

— Apr 30, 2014

No glass ceiling for women in LP

There is no longer a glass ceiling for women in retail loss prevention - and, controversially, some say there never was, according to some of the most prominent women working in the sector.

— Mar 26, 2014

Is It Possible to Future-Proof the Potential for RFID?

Radio frequency identification (RFID) has not so much had a difficult birth, but also a troubled and tormented upbringing and has often been referred to by cynics as suffering from the “Kennedy Syndrome.”

— Mar 26, 2014

Hash Tag Privacy - Who Is Twitting on Twitter?

It could be argued that social media, the Internet sensation that allows real-time peer-to-peer communication, has become a troubled adolescent who has very much grown up in the public.

— Mar 20, 2014

Angry Birds hacking

US and British spy agencies routinely try to gain access to personal data from Angry Birds and other mobile applications, according to a new report.

— Nov 26, 2013

Women in LP

There is a saying about women in business—If you are going to break through the glass ceiling, don’t wear a skirt! Although said by a man, there is a secondary, more implicit message that you have to “wear the trousers” and somehow become “de-feminised” if you want to get on. The unlikely “poster girl” for this image was perhaps the late Baroness Thatcher who was said to have more testosterone than most of her all-male Cabinet, and was loved and loathed in equal measure for her tough approach to opponents and other world leaders.