Banknote Watch, the crime reduction partnership aimed at reducing the losses due to cash-in-transit and ATM crime, has appointed a new chair following a lengthy selection process. Richard Childs joined Banknote Watch at the end of 2012, following spells within both public and private sectors. Childs currently also holds the role of Managing Director of ACPO CPI, which supports Secured by Design. He is also the ACPO lead for security systems and is a past member of the Prison Service Pay Review Body. Childs intends to build closer partnerships with the police and Government to develop new ways to make cash more secure, while further influencing the security industry’s response to serious crime, particularly involving commercial robbery. ‘Banknote Watch is a good example of how an industry can join together in an area of common interest” commercial crime” and by working closely together with Police and Government departments, make sustained progress against this very serious issue’ stated Childs. Banknote Watch was established by the security industry, the Police and the forensic community, to remove stolen banknotes from circulation, thus preventing criminals profiting from the proceeds of cash-in-transit crime. The move also reduced the risk of businesses becoming the victims of commercial robbery. Increasing public awareness of how to identify stolen banknotes, and what to do with them, is another objective of the initiative, and one which Childs is keen to expand upon.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.