Shop Savvy

It is a well-known fact that we have less police officers on our streets and in our neighbourhoods nowadays and certain types of crime have seen an increase in recent times. Deployment of available police resources are generally decided by the level of Harm, Threat and Risk within any given situation. This can be a frustration to some retailers when there are no police offers available to assist, however, there is a lot retailers can do help themselves regardless, such as; reducing the ‘opportunity’, for offenders to dash and grab items as well as staff engaging in deliberate customer service techniques. We offer loss prevention awareness training as well as shoplifting techniques as part of the membership. One of the most effective ways to reduce theft or fraudulent activity is by being an active and participative member by sharing intelligence, uploading offenders to the database and utilising the radio be it with other stores or with Bravo Victor. Here are a couple of case studies which demonstrate this;

Case Study A

An incident was reported via our secure online portal that a number of individuals had attempted to purchase low item stock with high denominations of counterfeit notes. The reporting member was aware they had been approaching other stores in the city, so an alert was sent out to all members via the database. The following day the individuals entered another store and because the manager had seen the alert contacted the police when they were seen entering their store. The individuals were arrested and it was identified that they had large volumes of counterfeit notes in their possession. By members sharing intelligence and utilising the tools to alert other members enabled another positive outcome to their arrest.

Case Study B

An incident was reported via our secure online portal that a number of individuals had attempted to purchase low item stock with high denominations of counterfeit notes. The reporting member was aware they had been approaching other stores in the city, so an alert was sent out to all members. The following day the individuals entered another store and because the manager had seen the alert, they contacted the police when they were seen entering their store. The individuals were arrested and it was identified that they had large volumes of counterfeit notes in their possession. By members sharing intelligence and utilising the tools to alert other members enable another positive outcome to their arrest.

We currently have over 120 members in both the city centre as well as the Banbury and Cowley Road. Stores range from Independent Traders to Major High Street chains.