Fighting Shop Theft and Business Crime

  • Is shoplifting a problem for your business?
  • Has your organisation been the victim of fraud through the receipt of fake bank notes?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes then read on, as the Skipton BID funded Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) could help you tackle these issues.

Here are some testimonials from Skipton retailers, revealing why being a part of the BCRP scheme has made a significant difference to the profitability of their business:

Charlotte Ryder − New Look

“It’s been a huge benefit to New Look as the app, which comes as part of the scheme and which you can upload to your phone, enables you to quickly see if there’s any new faces to look out for. It also helps you check if you think you’ve spotted someone on the shop floor who is a known shoplifter. If you do identify someone from the app’s gallery on your premises, then you can alert other businesses via the app or the radio.

“Being part of the BCRP scheme has reduced our stock loss massively – we are now losing less than 1% of what we were losing before we got the radio and the app!”

Robert Schofield – Sports Direct

“The radio has really helped us to stay alert about potential theft, as soon as we hear that someone suspicious or known is in town we make sure we have a strong front of house presence. And, if we suspect anyone in our store we immediately alert everyone else in the scheme.

“We actually arrested someone who had stolen from another retailer in town – they didn’t come into Sports Direct, but because our staff were on high alert and were stood at the front of the shop, they recognised and detained them.

“If we get an alert we always go to the front of the shop to see if we can spot anyone, as a sighting can help you relay back to other members in the scheme how certain individuals are moving through the town and which stores they might be targeting.

“We only signed up six weeks ago but have already identified two people who are known shoplifters who we thought were customers! Without the information provided by the scheme we wouldn’t have recognised the threat they posed.

“The scheme would work even better if more businesses were part of it.”

Kevin Woods – W. Boyes & Co.

“We’ve actively caught several shoplifters over the last few months thanks to the intelligence sharing between other retailers in the scheme, and the tremendous back up BCRP gets from Community Liaison Officer, Judy Probst and PCSO Gillian Seed.

“If more shops and stores were part of the scheme then more intelligence could be shared which would make it even better!

“There’s also been quite a bit of fraud with fake bank notes and its helped a lot in identifying who has those too. The app and the website are both quick and easy to use and provide really useful and regular intelligence updates.”

Remember together we can make a difference – email bcrp@skiptonbid.com or call 01756 799033 for more information or to apply to join the scheme.