Over the past two years, Lodge Security has been operating its Elite Store Detective programme from the LodgIC Intelligence Centre, where national and local data on crime incidents is analysed and used to deploy protection to produce the maximum return on security investment. Now, the business is set to provide protection for Poundland stores and distribution centres throughout the UK.
Sarah Frain, profit protection and assurance manager for distribution and CSC at Poundland, informed Risk Xtra: “Lodge Security has worked with Poundland for more than five years and provided a great service which has now developed with technology additions to achieve an even more effective solution. The operatives we receive from Lodge Security are always highly trained and professional when dealing with day-to-day issues and figures are reported back clearly to management. Furthermore, they provide confidence to our staff, while also making them feel safe and secure in the workplace.”
Poundland and Lodge Security are now examining new opportunities to deploy other technology that’s available from the LodgIC Intelligence Centre. This includes the capability to analyse retail transactions through the use of Transpeye for data mining of EPoS, online transactions and other store systems to then identify any sources of loss in real time and the relationships between apparently isolated incidents.
Lodge Security can then analyse and track any patterns of criminal activity to enable investigative teams to attribute recurring losses to known criminals and gangs who can be identified from in-store CCTV recordings. Perpetrators are then stopped in-store by Lodge Security detectives.
In many instances, Lodge Security has been able to track a gang’s activity around the UK and assess the probability of where and when they might strike next.
“Retailers are increasingly alert to the scale of the threat from organised retail crime,” said Stuart Lodge, CEO of Lodge Service International, a third generation family-run business that celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2019. “A string of small, seemingly unrelated criminal acts are often committed by the same gang. If they think they can get away undetected each time, they will keep coming back. Through the blended use of our specialist teams in the field and technology, our LodgIC Intelligence Centre is quickly able to map related losses and then stop them fast.”