Monthly Archives: August 2016

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  • bristol loss prevention, retail security, retail crime prevention

Retail shrinkage costs UK stores over £3 billion

At the end of last year, we noticed an article in Retail Knowledge with the headline that really is quite depressing. The figures referred to in the article relate to 2014 as it takes considerable time for all the relevant data to be accumulated and analysed. The figure for retail shrinkage in the period of [...]

  • investigations, surveillance, undercover operatives, test purchasing

Three benefits of using ‘test purchasing’

Test purchasing is the process where an individual from a security background – usually going undercover – assesses a business from the perspective of a customer. It is a service offered by specialist security solutions to help a business detect weaknesses and implement new strategies to improve. A common form of test purchasing is a [...]

  • bristol loss prevention, retail security, retail crime prevention

Is stealing from a small independent shop far worse than stealing from a chain store

This is a question that was posed in an article in the Guardian newspaper and one which we discussed amongst ourselves here at Enigma Security (Europe) Ltd. It may not surprise you to learn that the answer was a resounding no. This may surprise you, but let us explain why as the reason is very [...]

  • investigations, surveillance, undercover operatives, test purchasing

The problem with wealthy shoplifters

There is a widely held and popular view that shoplifters are skilled criminals, taking high value items to sell on, often to feed a drug or alcohol habit. While that is true of many, there are also wealthy people who shoplift when they are well able to afford to pay for the goods that they [...]