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Kingdom provide security advice to Scottish retailers

Kingdom’s Keith Young and Thomas Crichton were pleased to attend the recent Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) Retail Crime Seminar, which was held at Police Scotland College at Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, Fife, on Wednesday 15th February 2017. Tulliallan acts as both Police Scotland’s Corporate Headquarter and one of its key training venues.

The SGF is the national trade association for the convenience store industry in Scotland. It is the authoritative voice for the industry to both policy makers and the media. Its key activities are communication, lobbying, advice and networking. The event was attended by a large number of small retailers such as local corner shops.

The SGF Retail Crime Survey, which the SGF developed in partnership with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, was launched at the event. The report highlighted that in 2014 92% of convenience store retailers experienced some form of shop theft. Almost a quarter of this was on a daily basis, and most of the threatening and abusive incidents towards staff were triggered either by a refusal of sale or requests for ID. The seminar also highlighted the case of Mohammed Jawed who was subjected to a horrifically violent attack at his Glasgow store in January.

A key speaker at the event was Assistant Chief Constable Kate Thomson of Police Scotland who launched the Standards Charter for Safer Business which was developed by SGF and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and has been endorsed by Police Scotland. The event looked at ways that retailers can increase security, reduce opportunities for crime to occur, create a safe working environment for employees and help prevent in-store crime. It was recommended to the retailers attending that they work with both security firms and the police.

Kingdom was please to attend the event and offer security advice to the retailers present. Kingdom is an established retail specialist with a dedicated retail division, with services ranging from a basic retail officer door presence to a fully managed risk and loss prevention service. They work in partnership with some of the biggest retail names to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment (ROI). They provide services to stores, retail parks, shopping centres and centre CCTV operations.

To find out more about Kingdom’s retail security service, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/retail-security/ or call 0845 051 7702.