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News 3 www.SecurityNewsDesk.com Issue sponsor Preventing loss remains a key challenge for the retail sector as it faces the continual challenges of shopliing, returns the and even insurance fraud. Crime prevention should therefore be at the heart of store design. Here, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) takes a look at how security products can effectively be integrated into a store's layout in order to mitigate risks and minimise losses. e 2016 Retail Crime Survey, published by the British Retail Consortium in February 2017, reveals that crime in the retail sector is still a very real challenge for the industry. In fact, this year's figures show that the direct financial cost of retail crime has risen from £613 million in 2015 to £660m in 2016. On top of this, violence and abuse against retail staff has increased by 40 per cent on the previous year. With these figures in mind, it is therefore important that retailers are taking crime prevention into account when designing store and warehouse layouts. At the BSIA's Liverpool Crime Prevention Conference in May 2016, Pauline Norstrom, Immediate Past Chairman of the Association, described some of the considerations that should be taken into account to prevent crime. Using CCTV as an example, Norstrom explained how through effective store design, shopliing can be, and has been, successfully prevented. A grid layout should be utilised to avoid hidden areas or corners, whilst strategic camera placement pointing down and across the aisles can be especially useful in creating a clear evidence trail. Lighting must also be carefully considered as bad lighting can result in grainy or distorted images. CCTV should be integrated into a holistic crime prevention strategy that takes into account people, technology and processes in order to be as effective as possible. Of course, when procuring any security product or service, it is vitally important that end users have a thorough understanding of their requirements in terms of security solutions. It can therefore be highly beneficial for end users to work closely with security suppliers when making their purchase decisions, particularly where those responsible for procurement do not have the specialist skills to detect the risk within their organisation. Earlier this year, the BSIA published a white paper on the challenges of buying and selling high-quality security solutions – sponsored by ATEC Fire & Security and Securitas – which sets out recommendations for both security providers and security buyers from a range of sectors, including the retail sector. e full paper, titled: "e (Real) Price of Security Solutions – a white paper on the challenges of buying and selling high-quality security solutions", can be downloaded from the BSIA's website: www.bsia.co.uk/publications/ publications-search-results/the-real- price-of-security-solutions e BSIA is also hosting the North West Security Procurement Conference on Wednesday 3 May, 2017. e exhibition and conference will educate security buyers on the benefits of a value-based approach to security procurement and has been kindly sponsored by ATEC Fire & Security and Securitas. To register, please visit: www.bsia.co.uk/events Dallmeier_S-Panomera_210x150_UK.indd 1 10.02.2016 14:37:46 Quality is key in preventing retail losses Yet here we are looking at a country with massive landmass, a substantial financial market and large population (albeit not on the scale of India or China). Russia's nuclear arsenal and its Machiavellian and revanchist leadership make the Russian menace particularly serious. e response needs to match the seriousness. Two factors recently highlighted the Russian threat. e first was a newspaper disclosure that Russian organised crime is boldly and cavalierly laundering massive amounts of criminal money (the latest revelation suggests $20 billion) out of Russia and into Latvia (and the EU) via Moldova. ey are using companies with British jurisdictions and British (as well as American and Moldovan) banks. e second disclosure related to the first, is the attempt to murder the lawyer defending the family of Sergei Magnitsky, the lawyer slain for seeking to expose Russian organised criminals engaged in a $230 million tax fraud. Happily the recent barbarians failed in their mission to kill the lawyer who is injured and lying in hospital. e common factor in both scandals is the active role of senior Russian administrators and politicians. e director of a bank that took money in the Latvian laundering was a brother of the Russian President. It will be recalled a boyhood friend serves as the nominee for a multimillion dollar investment whose ultimate beneficial owner is the President. is was the most salient revelation for me in the Panama Papers. In the Magnitsky scandal, senior officials in the Russian tax office were in league with officials in the Russian Minister of Home Affairs to engineer the laundering and this enabled stolen funds to exit the country through Moldova and Latvia. Millions then made their merry way to the US where they were invested in New York real estate. No mention of the Russian menace can be complete without reference to the poisoning in London of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB officer who upset some of his former fellow officers when he appears to have offered limited assistance to British intelligence. It will be recalled that the judge who headed the public enquiry concluded that "the FSB (Russian intelligence) operation to kill Mr Litvinenko was probably approved by [Nikolai] Patrushev [head of the security service in 2006] and also by President Putin". Of course it is one thing to know with complete certainty that a state has gone rogue and another to avoid all contact with it. Where Russia differs from Sudan, Libya, Somalia and even Iran is that it has billions of oil, gas and mineral revenues to launder and spend. We have recently seen how colleagues of the US President were unable to resist this poisoned chalice, enabling them to win friends and influence inside the US administration. Here they are assisted by clever cybercriminals and hackers who show no scruple or care for democratic principles. Even the most prudent Western financial institution in today's strapped economy would find Russian money hard to turn back, whatever their heart tells them about the monstrous Russian regime that is prepared to flout not just common decency, but also common and international law. It is time it takes the message: enough is enough. Time to send Russia packing Russia is a rogue state and the quicker the West and the United States acknowledges and acts upon it the better, says Nick Kochan. The reality is hard to accept; rogue states would typically be considered to occupy impoverished parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The names are all too familiar.

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